SES Transition under ESSA 2016-2017
On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized and updated the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Overall, the new law provides states more authority on standards, assessments, accountability, supports, and interventions while preserving the general structure of the ESEA funding formulas. Most of the new provisions do not take effect until the 2017–18 school year, making the 2016–17 school year a transition year for local educational agencies (LEAs). Consequently, California elected not to require LEAs to provide SES and Choice for the 2016–17 school year and proposed a one-year transition plan for the 2016–2017 school year. LEAs with schools identified in PI Year 2 and beyond must provide alternative supports intended to improve student outcomes to eligible students in the 2016–17 school year. Alternative supports shall be locally defined and administered by the LEA to provide a well-rounded program of instruction to meet the academic needs of students. LEAs may include types of alternative supports and the criteria used to identify eligible students for such additional support in their LCAP. Alternative supports referenced in the LCAP must be consistent and aligned with local priorities for the 2016–17 school year.
For information regarding the alternative support available, please contact your child’s school directly:
State Department of Education Resources: