As defined by the U.S. Department of Education, ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation's national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. ESSA requires each state to develop a plan that is designed to close achievement gaps, increase equity of instruction and increase outcomes for all students.
ESSA aligns with existing tenets of Utah’s strategic plan and state law. It offers flexibility to use ESSA funding to achieve education equity, improve quality learning, and advance system values. ESSA funding will help Utah improve educational outcomes for students.
The anticipated ESSA funding will focus on Utah State Board of Education’s primary goal of educational equity. Funding available through ESSA supports and provides equity for: students who are economically disadvantaged (Title I, Part A); students from migrant families (Title I, Part C); students considered at-risk, including neglected and delinquent (Title I, Part D); students learning English as a second language (Title III); students living in rural and remote areas (Title V); and students who are experiencing homelessness (Title VII).
- Increase equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities for economically disadvantaged students. Also provides opportunities for meaningful parent engagement.
- Support persistently low-performing schools in efforts to address specific root cause(s) of low performance as identified by school specific comprehensive needs assessment.
- Identify academic needs and barriers to achievement and provide supplemental supports so that highly mobile students whose families work in agriculture can achieve at the same level of proficiency as their fellow students and graduate from high school.
Title I, Part D: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
- Provides resources for eligible students to receive the same high quality education as other students and supplements state youth in custody services.
- Increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality.
- Supplemental services to English Learners to help ensure that these students attain English language proficiency and succeed in the academic content areas.
- Provide experiences for well-rounded educational opportunities for students. Improves school conditions for student learning. Improves the use of technology in order to improve academic achievement and digital literacy for all students.
- Five-year competitive grant for before and after school programs to offer academic and enrichment opportunities for students, and related educational services for families, based on specific community needs.
- Provide additional support to rural and low-income students to assist them in meeting high quality state and local education standards.
Title VII, Subpart B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program (McKinney-Vento Act)
- Provide homeless students with academic continuation with the minimum amount of disruption. These services include things such as assessment fees, uniform requirements, access to academic and extracurricular activities that the student would be able to participate in if they were not homeless, and when necessary, transportation to keep the student in the school of origin.