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TITLE I ESSA Information

Title I Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


Planning Requirements for 2017–18

For the 2017–18 transition year, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will meet state and federal planning requirements through the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  All LEAs applying for ESSA funding in 2018–19 will be required to complete the appropriate sections of the LCAP Addendum in concert with the 2018–19 LCAP review and update.


Due to the flexibility allowed by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that became law in December 2015 and reauthorized the Elementary Secondary Education Act, no LEA or school will be newly identified for “Program Improvement” (PI) in the 2017–18 school year. LEAs and schools that received Title I, Part A funds for the 2016–17 school year and were in PI in the 2016–17 school year will retain their same PI status and placement year for 2017–18. California elected not to require LEAs or schools to provide Supplemental Educational Services and Choice for the 2017–18 school year, as defined in Section 1116 of the ESEA.


Title I, Program Improvement Activities

On January 13, 2017, the Education Department released additional guidance relating to support for low-performing schools during the 2017–18 transition year. Currently, the California Department of Education (CDE) is reviewing the guidance. The CDE will provide more information as it becomes available.


Generally, LEAs and schools previously identified for PI are encouraged to provide evidence-based strategies tailored to local needs, which may include alternative supports that are designed to increase the academic achievement of socioeconomically disadvantaged students.


Title I, Parental Notification

For the 2017–18 school year, LEAs may, but are not required to, notify parents/guardians regarding evidence-based strategies, alternative supports, and/or the Public School Choice Program.


Title I, Public School Choice

In the 2017–18 school year, LEAs must allow students who previously transferred to another public school under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act to remain in that school until the child has completed the highest grade offered in that school. Such LEAs must set aside a reasonable amount of Title I, Part A funds for transportation. 


Contact Barbara Houser, Director of Categorical Programs, at 661-837-6000 for additional information regarding Title I Programs and Services. For additional information on Title I and ESSA, visit the CDE website: