Transition to ESSA

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). ESSA replaces its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

For the 2017–2018 grant year, local educational agencies (LEAs) will complete the new ESSA Consolidated Grant Application to receive federal funding authorized under ESEA.

This page of the TEA website offers guidance on the new ESSA Consolidated Grant Application, as well as information about requirements concerning the administration of ESSA grant funds and compliance with fiscal requirements.

Grants Compliance and Oversight Statewide Training

Grants Compliance and Oversight will host a one day statewide training on September 12, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center in Austin, Texas. There is no cost for this event, and enrollment will be accepted until the facility is at capacity.

Agenda and Training Handouts

ESSA Tools for LEAs

ESSA offers LEAs greater flexibility for using federal funds to effectively implement comprehensive, districtwide research-based initiatives that maximize student academic outcomes, particularly for those students at risk of not meeting challenging state academic assessment standards.

ESSA renews the U.S. Department of Education’s emphasis on comprehensive needs assessments and improvement planning. The new regulations increase LEAs’ responsibilities for monitoring student outcomes, coordinated use of federal funds, and for offering high-quality guidance and technical assistance to schools engaged in continuous improvement planning.

The following pages offer ESSA resources for continuous improvement planning, instructional best practices aligned to the State Consolidated Plan and TEA Strategic Priorities, and monitoring student outcomes.

Strategic Priority #1: Recruit, Support, and Retain Teacher and Principals

Strategic Priority #2: Build a Foundation in Reading and Math

Strategic Priority #3: Connect High School to Career and College

Strategic Priority #4: Improve Low-Performing Schools 

Comprehensive Needs Assessment and Continuous Improvement Models

ESSA Private School Equitable Services

ESSA includes requirements for the monitoring and enforcement of equitable services to private nonprofit schools (PNPs). Refer to the ESSA Private School Equitable Services page of the TEA website for details on those requirements, as well as contact information for the designated TEA PNP ombudsman, contact person, and private school services state coordinator.

The ESSA Private School Equitable Services page of the TEA website also includes links to the Affirmation of Consultation form that districts and eligible private nonprofit schools (PNPs) must collaborate to complete. Instructions for completing and submitting the form are also linked on that page, in addition to the sections of ESSA that specify the PNP consultation requirement.

The Complete ESSA Application: Training Sessions

Grants Compliance and Oversight staff is currently presenting training sessions on the complete ESSA Consolidated Grant Application at ESCs around Texas. These sessions supplement and extend the previous training sessions focused on the three schedules that are new in the 2017–2018 ESSA Consolidated Grant Application. In addition, they provide guidance for LEAs on ESSA requirements governing private nonprofit participation.

Appropriate staff from all LEAs are encouraged to attend a session. The same training will be presented at each session, and LEAs are free to attend training at the ESC of their choice.

To register for a training session, use the links below:

May 4, 2017: ESC 13 (Austin)

May 8, 2017: ESC 10 (Richardson)

May 18, 2017: ESC 15 (San Angelo)

May 25, 2017: ESC 1 (Edinburg)

ESSA Fund Codes

The following fund codes are applicable to the ESSA Consolidated Grant Application:

ESSA Grant

LEA Fund Code

SSA Fund Code

Title I, Part A

211

300

Title I, Part C Migrant

212

301

Title I, Part D, Subpart 1

215

304

Title I, Part D, Subpart 2

211

300

Title II, Part A

255

342

Title III, Part A ELA

263

350

Title III, Part A Immigrant

263

350

Title IV, Part A-SSAEP

289

379