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No Child Left Behind Waivers


No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the most recent authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), is the principal federal law affecting education from kindergarten through high school. On September 23, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) invited states educational agencies to request flexibility on behalf of itself, its districts, and schools, in order to better focus on improving student learning and increasing the quality of instruction. Illinois' flexibility request was initially submitted on February 28, 2012 and resubmitted on January 31, 2014, was granted on April 18, 2014.

The Illinois State Board of Education is committed to making Illinois’ Pre-K to 12 system the strongest in the nation.

For more information about the waiver process please view the Illinois ESEA Flex Waiver Update webinar video.

General Information About Illinois' ESEA/NCLB Flexibility Waiver