Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is a United States federal statute enacted April 11, 1965. The ESEA provides Title Funds to support K-12 schools. The current reauthorization of ESEA is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in December 2015.
Title Funds will continue to be a primary source of funding for AVID under the new ESSA as they were under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
- Districts use Title I funds for AVID membership fees, curriculum, professional development, tutors, salaries, travel, and AVID Elective activities.
- Title II funds are used primarily for professional development and related travel; however, districts also use these funds to cover other AVID costs.
- Title III funds are used for AVID Excel for long-term English Language Learners.
ESSA gives states greater flexibility and control over education policy. Each state is in the process of developing a comprehensive ESSA plan to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in 2017. For information on how your state is moving forward on its plan, check out this resource: ASCD ESSA State Implementation Map. AVID advocates should work with their district offices to explore how Title funds can be applied to fund AVID in the coming school years.
These documents illustrate how AVID aligns with ESSA and can be supported in your schools through Title Funds.
States were required to submit their plans by one of two deadlines. The first deadline was April 3, 2017. Some states have submitted their draft ESSA plans, which are shared below. The second date for plans to be submitted is September 18, and the balance of the plans should be available for public review then.
Additional ESSA resources may be found on the websites of the Education Commission of the States and AASA, the School Superintendents Association.
The Department of Education reported that all Spring 2017 ESSA plan submissions are complete and ready for peer review. Learn more here.
For more information or questions on ESSA in your state, contact Dr. Linda DelGiudice, AVID Center Special Projects Analyst.