November 21, 2013
Request for public comment on California’s request to waive academic assessments and accountability from states that participate in field testing of new state assessments during the 2013–14 school year.
Notice is hereby given that California is requesting the U.S. Department of Education (ED) waive Title I, Part A requirements (Section 111[b] and  of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
The purpose of this public notice is to notify you of the opportunity to submit written public comment on the waiver request to the ED regarding the requirement of states to implement yearly student academic assessments in mathematics, and reading or language arts for specified grades/grade spans. This one-year Title I waiver pertains to how California students participate in the Smarter Balanced field tests. In addition, this waiver seeks participating schools to retain their federal accountability designations for an additional year during which the same targeted interventions (if in Program Improvement) would have to continue.
All comments regarding the request for waiver must be submitted to Jeff Breshears by e-mail at TitleI@cde.ca.gov, by phone at 916-319-0303; or mailed and received at the following address by close of business at 5 p.m. on December 2, 2013, and addressed to:
Improvement and Accountability Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 6208
Sacramento, CA 95814
The waiver request can be found at the following URL, http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/pn/pn/.