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ESSA Guidance for LEAs

Friday, August 18, 2017

In 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which updates the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. As DC’s LEAs implement ESSA) in the 2017-18 school year, this page provides guidance on key updates to the law.

FFY 2017 ESEA Phase II Application Release and Technical Assistance

The Phase II consolidated application is expected to be released in the Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS) the week of Aug. 21, 2017. All applications are due to OSSE by Oct. 20, 2017.

To support a smooth application process, and the effective transition to ESSA, OSSE is providing the following optional training and technical assistance opportunities. Each webinar will be offered multiple times throughout August and early September. Click each webinar title for dates and times and to register:

  1. FY 2017 ESEA Consolidated Application (Conapp) Webinar (2 hours) - This session will provide participants with key updates to the Phase II ESEA application informed by ESSA, provide an overview of the application process, and clarify key timelines. [view webinar] [view presentation]
  2. Conducting a Title I Schoolwide Program Needs Assessment Webinar (1 hour) - This session will provide participants an overview of the Title I, Part A schoolwide program and outline the process for conducting a needs assessment for schoolwide programs. [view presentation]
  3. Understanding Evidence-Based Practices Webinar (1 hour) - This session will provide participants with an overview of evidence-based practices informed by ESSA, offer resources for identifying appropriate practices, and provide an outline of the process for identifying evidence-based practices.
  4. Effective School Improvement Planning Webinar (1 hour) - This session will provide participants with an overview of school improvement activities outlined in ESSA the process for organizing and developing school improvement plans. [view presentation]

OSSE is also offering in-person and virtual consultations to LEAs by appointment the week of Sept. 11, 2017. To request a consultation, please email your grant manager. We look forward to continuing to support your important work over the upcoming year.

ESEA Consolidated Application Questions and Answers

Thank you to the LEA staff who attended OSSE's webinars or in-person consultation sessions. OSSE has compiled these questions and answers that may be helpful for completing the ESEA consolidated application.

Federal Formula Grants Toolkit: ESEA and IDEA

OSSE developed this guidance to help the District’s local education agencies (LEAs) understand how they may utilize formula funds distributed pursuant to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B. The guide includes updates made by ESSA.

OSSE Releases State Level Allocation Policies for ESEA

OSSE is pleased to release a revised allocation policy related to its methodology for annually distributing formula funds to local education agencies pursuant to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Equitable Access to Effective, Experienced, and In-Field Teachers

To ensure that all children receive a high-quality education, ESSA requires State Education Agencies (SEAs) and LEAs to report on “any disparities that result in low-income students and minority students being taught at higher rates than other students by ineffective, inexperienced, or out-of-field teachers” (Sec. 1112(b)2)).

Equitable Services for Eligible Private Schools

The ESEA requires OSSE and LEAs to provide equitable services to eligible private school students, teachers, and other educational personnel. Specifically, services for eligible private school students, teachers, and other school personnel must be 1) appropriately funded in accordance with allocation requirements, and 2) developed in consultation with officials of the private schools. In addition, families of eligible private school students must be allowed to participate, on an equitable basis, in the parent and family engagement activities of ESEA Title I, Part A.

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with several key updates regarding the implementation of equitable services in DC.

ESSA Detailed Fiscal Summaries

The following detailed fiscal summaries explain how the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) updates fiscal requirements for ESEA Titles I-A, II-A, and III-A from previous requirements under No Child Left Behind. Please note that Title IV- A is a new funding stream and thus a fiscal summary for this title is not included.   
If you have any questions regarding our allocation policies or these fiscal summaries, you may contact your LEA’s Grant manager directly, or email Ijeoma Oji, Director of Operational Management, at [email protected].

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