On Sept. 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education extended the CORE Districts' NCLB Waiver into the 2015-16 school year. As the original CORE Waiver and the subsequent amendments represent a working/living concept for improving and supporting our schools, we continue to request amendments to our waiver. We are currently proposing updates to the criteria we will use to exit schools from designations as Focus or Priority, to our approach for measuring gaps in achievement and graduation, and modest adjustments to the CORE Annual Measurable Objective. Visit http://coredistricts.org/school-quality-improvement-system/ to review these proposals, as well as the most current version of our approved waiver. We welcome public comments on our proposals, and on the waiver in general.
Public comments can be submitted by clicking here, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, faxing (916) 244-0250 or via regular mail to 1107 9th Street, Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814. Comments submitted by Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 will be presented to the CORE Board on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 before CORE submits our request to the U.S. Department of Education on Oct. 30, 2015.
While the CORE districts can seek amendments to our waiver in order to better meet the needs of our students and our school communities, we will do so in line with the original intent and foundational concepts of the CORE Waiver. We also need to be mindful of federal guidance on ESEA Waivers. The U.S. Department of Education will consider each of our amendments, though it is possible that some of them will not be approved, in which case the original language in the CORE Waiver will remain intact.
To learn more about CORE and to watch an information video about the CORE Waiver, click here.