President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on December 10, 2015. ESSA replaces the previous Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.
Under the ESSA, California is required to implement the same interventions in the 2016–17 school year for schools that were previously identified for Program Improvement (PI) in the 2015–16 school year; with the exception of the provision of Supplemental Educational Services (SES) and Choice
Transition Plan for the 2016–17 School Year
- As allowed by the ESSA, California is developing a new accountability system for the 2017–18 school year. The 2016–17 school year is considered a “transition” year, designed to effect an orderly transition to the new law and accountability system. California has developed a transition plan that describes various alternative supports and services that are to be provided to eligible students.
- During the 2016–17 school year, under the ESSA, California has elected to eliminate the requirement for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to provide SES. Instead, LEAs with schools identified for PI Year 2 and beyond will be required to provide eligible students with alternative supports. Alternative supports are supplemental activities designed to increase the academic achievement of students. Socioeconomically disadvantaged students attending a Title I school that is in PI Year 2 and beyond are eligible to receive alternative supports for the 2016–17 school year. Hemet Unified School District will offer the following alternative supports and services in 2016–17:
- Academic intervention/tutoring before and/or after school
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) Enrichment opportunities after school
NOTE: If there are insufficient funds to serve all eligible students, priority will be given to the lowest-achieving, previously identified PI school(s) or the lowest-achieving student(s) attending a previously identified PI school.
- Under the new law, California has also elected to allow LEAs to determine whether or not to offer Choice to new students. Choice allows students attending a PI school the option to transfer to another public school, including a public charter school, that is within the LEA and that was not identified for PI.
- Under the ESSA, Hemet Unified School District has elected not to provide Choice to new students for the 2016–17 school year.
- Please note, if your child participated in Choice during the 2015–16 school year, he/she is permitted to continue attending that school until they complete the highest grade at that school. If transportation was being provided, it will continue until they complete the highest grade at that school.
If you are interested in learning more about the alternative supports and/or Choice options offered for your child, please contact Carlos Navarro, Director of State and Federal Programs (951) 765-5100 X3300 for additional information.