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Federal Programs


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

On Dec. 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 law provides states more authority on standards, assessments, accountability, supports, and interventions while preserving the general structure of the ESEA funding formula. 

Federal Program Monitoring

Districts and charter schools that receive funding for certain programs may be chosen for a review by the state. Using an online monitoring tool and on-site or online reviews, California Department of Education reviewers ensure that educational entities are spending their funding as required by law. Following each monitoring review, reviewers provide feedback about any finding of noncompliance and how such findings can be corrected.

The SDCOE support county districts and charters in preparation and follow-up for their reviews via workshops and individual support.

Title I

Title I, Part A is a federal program with a purpose to ensure that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on the state content standards and assessments. The intent of this funding is to support effective, evidence-based educational strategies that close the achievement gap and enable the students to meet the state's challenging academic standards. Title I is a federal program contained in the Consolidated Application that works to meet the educational needs of low-achieving students enrolled in high poverty schools.

Title II 

Title II, Part A, Supporting Effective Instruction is a federal program contained in the Consolidated Application. The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and district (1) improve teacher and principal quality through professional development and other activities and (2) providing low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders.

Title III

Title III, LEP, funding is made available to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to provide supplementary programs and services to English learner students, known as English learners (ELs). The purpose of the program is to assist EL students to attaining English proficiency and achieving grade-level and graduation standards.

Title III, Immigrant, funding is made available to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to provide supplementary programs and services to eligible immigrant students and their families. The purpose of the sub grants is to assist immigrant students to acquire English and achieve grade-level and graduation standards.

Consolidated Application/CARS/CALPADS

The California Department of Education uses the Consolidated Application (ConApp) to distribute funds from federal and state programs to county offices, school districts, and direct-funded charter schools. Entities submit required documentation twice a year to apply for funding and ensure that fiscal and program requirements are being met. The Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) is the on-line data collection system that districts use to enter the Consolidated Application data.

School Site Council

The School Site Council is a group of parents, teachers, other school staff, and students (at the secondary school level) that works with the school principal to develop, review and evaluate school plans, programs, and school budgets. The members of the School Site Council are generally elected by their peers. They meet regularly throughout the school year and make modifications to the SPSA, as needed.

School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

The purpose of the SPSA is to coordinate all educational services at the school in order to support student achievement. The SPSA, at a minimum, addresses how funds provided to the school state and federal resources will be used to improve the academic performance of all students. School goals shall be aligned to district goals set forth in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The SPSA must integrate the purposes and requirements of all state and federal programs in which the school participates.


2020-21 Professional Learning Opportunities

School Site Council Training

School Site Council is for new categorical directors or as a refresher event. To request additional training click here.

  • September 10
  • September 25

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State and Federal Programs Leadership Network

Each of the LEAs in San Diego County has an administrator who oversees state and federal programs. These administrators meet on a regular basis to network and share information. Scheduled time 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Coming soon

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