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Requirements and regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2017-18
Thank you for your ongoing efforts to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. There are many requirements with multiple timelines. Use this information to sort through the timelines. Some provisions are already in effect, while others will be in effect in 2017-18, and some are on hold until the 2018-19 school year.

OSPI outlined key changes by program below. Further guidance will be forthcoming. Refer to OSPI’s ESSA District Resources for updates and resources, including the text of ESSA and guidance.



McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

NOW: Oct. 1, 2016

Foster Care

NOW: Dec. 10, 2016

ESSA Changes to Federal Grants and Use of Funds
Title I, A
Title I, C
Title II, A
Title III, A
Title IV, A
Title IV, B
Title V (Rural/RLIS)
Equitable Services

SOON: Effective at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

Effective Educators

ON HOLD: Continue current plan for 2016-17.

Accountability & School Improvement

ON HOLD: Priority & Focus schools continue for 2017-18

Local Education Agency Consolidated Plans


Additional Information on Select Programs

IN EFFECT NOW: (As of October 1, 2016)
More information on requirements can be found at the Washington State Education of Homeless Children and Youth Office.

IN EFFECT for 2017-18:

  • States receiving charter school grants under title IV Part C must work with charter schools on recruitment and enrollment to eliminate barriers and provide inclusion of all students including unaccompanied homeless and foster youth.

IN EFFECT (As of December 10, 2016):

IN EFFECT for 2017-18:

  • District Assurances
  • District Use of Funds
  • District Title I, A Set-Asides
  • Well-Rounded Education
  • Dual Credit and Oher Expanded Allowable Activities
  • Ranking and Allocation, Including High School Changes
  • Targeted Assistance Program
  • Schoolwide Program, Including Wavier to Become Schoolwide
  • Parent & Family Engagement (Including Set-Asides)
  • Equitable Services for Title I, A
  • Additional State Set-Aside for School Improvement Reducing District Grants
  • Paraeducators and Teachers in Title I, A Schools Follow 2016-17 requirements.
  • School/District Improvement Plans for Not Meeting 95% Participation Rate on Assessments
  • Supplement/Supplant: TITLE I, A ONLY: All Title I, A programs will be under the new ESSA law. Additional information coming from OSPI.

ON HOLD for 2017-18:

  • See Title II for Effective Educator Requirements
  • See School Improvement/Accountability for Priority/Focus Schools

Additional Guidance, Side-by-Sides, and Overviews Coming Soon.

IN EFFECT for 2017-18:

  • District Assurances
  • District Use of Funds
  • Elimination of hold harmless provision on the calculation of the Title II, Part A allocations to school districts (Additional guidance on changes to the formula will be available on the ESSA website).
  • Annual Reporting and Program Evaluation in Grant Application.
  • Equity Gap Data Reporting requirements (Ensuring Equitable Access to Excellent Educator’s State Plan).
  • State Licensure and Certification requirements for teachers.
  • Equitable Services for Title II, Part A

ON HOLD for 2017-18:

  • Implementation of the definition and data requirements for effective educators
  • 4% reservation from LEA grants for state level activities

IN EFFECT for 2017-18:

  • District Assurances
  • District Use of Funds
  • Annual Reporting and Program Evaluation in Grant Application
  • Family Engagement to Enhance or Support the Language Instruction Program
  • Identifying and Serving all Qualified ELs, Including ELs with Disabilities
  • Districts May Apply Indirect Cost Rate to Subgrant Portion Not Reserved for Administrative Costs
  • Equitable Services Title III, Part A

IN EFFECT for 2017-18:
100% rather than 50% of funds may be moved among applicable programs. More information will be coming.

Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)
IN EFFECT for 2017-18:

  • Flexibility continues to use Title II, Part A and Title IV, Part A funds for Title I, Part A; Title I, Part C; Title I, Part D, and Title III, Part A. The expanded allowable activities under ESSA for those programs extends to REAP.

Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS)
IN EFFECT for 2017-18:

  • Grant funds may be used for activities identified in Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; and Title IV, Part A or B. The expanded allowable activities under ESSA for those programs extends to RLIS.

Districts now may be eligible for both REAP and RLIS. Now the district, not ED, will decide which program to participate in if dually eligible.

Additional information coming this spring on OSSS, Title I, C, Title IV, A (not yet funded), and Title IV, B.

Laws, Non-Regulatory Guidance, and other resources from the U.S. Department of Education

Washington-Specific Guidance and Information

We’ve provided trainings on components of the Every Student Succeeds Act to help prepare districts, charter schools, and tribal compact schools for the 2017-18 school year. The following series of PowerPoints and screencasts (posted once available) cover key information to help. These presentations include key changes in the law impacting program resources and highlights of current program responsibilities.

As you review these presentations, ask yourself: What opportunities might we want take advantage of?
Who in the district and community needs to know about these changes?
What is new, that I didn’t know, and how will I bring that information back to my district?
How can we leverage the changes in ESSA to improve equity and opportunities for students?
How might we use our federal resources differently to enhance outreach to families and communities?
What information am I learning that will help change our staff professional development?

  • Early Learning & ESSA - PowerPoint
    • Funding Early Learning with Title I, Part A - PDF
  • Fiscal Changes & ESSA - PowerPoint
  • Foster Care & ESSA: Getting them Ready - Video | PowerPoint
  • Homeless & ESSA - Video | PowerPoint
  • Tribal Consultation & ESSA - Video | PowerPoint
    • Tribal Consultation Handout - PDF
  • Title I, A & ESSA - PowerPoint
  • Title I, C & ESSA - PowerPoint
  • Title II, A & ESSA - PowerPoint
  • Title III, A & ESSA - Video | PowerPoint
    • Title III Handout - PDF
  • Equitable Services & ESSA - PowerPoint
    • Equitable Services Timeline Handout - PDF
    • Private Schools and ESSA CAPE Handout - PDF
    • Steps to Determine Title I, Part A Equitable Services Set-Aside – PDF
    • Planning Tool Title I, Part A Equitable Services Set-Aside - XLS
  • School Improvement and Accountability - Video | PowerPoint




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