No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Waiver Workgroup

“We are one step closer to a system of accountability that puts students first.”
- Commissioner Brenda Cassellius

The Minnesota Department of Education's waiver request was approved by the U.S. Department of Education and announced on February 9, 2012. The waiver was developed using intensive outreach and input from experts, policymakers, parents, educators and community members to ensure the new system better addresses the specific needs of Minnesota students. View a copy of the submitted request on the U.S. DOE website.

The new accountability system is based on multiple measures of reliable data to identify schools for recognition, accountability and support. In addition it provides a clearer focus on schools most in need of intensive intervention strategies and support, and moves the state forward in the goals of closing achievement gaps and improving educational outcomes for all students.

Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and department staff embarked on a statewide tour to present information about Minnesota’s waiver request. Public meetings took place in Rochester and St. Cloud in December 2011, Mankato and Marshall in January 2012 and Osseo, Duluth and Virginia in March 2012.

This page provides information about the workgroup that Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Minnesota Department of Education staff convened in fall 2011 to provide input and guidance on the development of Minnesota’s waiver request.

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Meeting Documents