Alternative Supports 2016-17
President Barrack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on December 10, 2015. ESSA replaces the previous Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Under the ESSA, California is required to implement the same interventions in the 2016-17 school year for schools that were previously identified for program improvement (PI) in the 2015-16 school year; with the exception of the provision of Supplemental Educational Services (SES) and Choice.
Transition Plan for the 2016-17 School Year
As allowed by the ESSA, California is developing a new accountability system for the 2017-18 school year. The 2016-17 school year is considered a "transition" year, designed to effect an orderly transition plan that describes various alternative supports and services that are to be provided to eligible students.
During the 2016-17 school year, under the ESSA, California has elected to eliminate the requirement for LEAs to provide SES. Instead, LEAs with schools identified for PI Year 2 and beyond will be required to provide eligible students with alternative supports. Alternative supports are supplemental activities designed to increase the academic achievement of students. Socioeconomically disadvantaged students attending a Title I school that is in PI Year 2 and beyond are eligible to receive alternative supports for the 2016-17 school year.