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LEA Plan Templates and Guidance

Templates and guidance for completing the Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan.

Local Educational Agency Plan | Single School District Plan | Single Plan for Student Achievement
U.S. Department of Education No Child Left Behind and Elementary and Secondary Acts and Policies
Writing Effective Proposals | Programs and Contacts

While the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 has been reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015, most of the provisions of the ESSA will not take effect until the 2017–18 school year. The Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan process remains the same at this time. This Web page will be updated as the ESSA LEA Plan process becomes available. Visit the ESSA Web page for information regarding California's plan to implement the federal ESSA.

This Web page contains links to the California Department of Education's (CDE) downloadable templates and guidance for completing the LEA Plan. The LEA Plan is required of all LEAs (defined as county offices of education, districts, and direct-funded charter schools) that receive funds under the ESEA.

LEAs that are seeking federal funding must have a State Board of Education (SBE)-approved LEA Plan. Pursuant to Section 76.708 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)(34 C.F.R. § 76.708), until your LEA Plan has been approved by the SBE, you may not incur any federal expenditures or obligations.

In any year, initial LEA Plans, including LEA Plans for new or reauthorized direct-funded charter schools, must be approved by the SBE by its March meeting in order for the LEA to be eligible for current year funding. LEA Plans approved by the SBE after its March meeting will receive funding for future years only. LEA Plans are due no later than the first week of January of the current fiscal year, for potential placement on the March SBE agenda. An original and two copies of the LEA Plan should be submitted to:

Improvement and Accountability Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 6208
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

When completing your LEA Plan be sure to include all information and signatures. Electronic copies can not be accepted as original signatures are required.

Following initial CDE review and SBE approval, ESEA Section 1112(d)(3) requires each LEA to periodically review and, as necessary, revise its LEA Plan. The ESEA does not define "periodically." However, the CDE defines periodically as, at a minimum, each LEA review and, as necessary, revise its LEA Plan annually as LEAs are subject to review at any time. All LEA Plan revisions must be approved by the LEAs local governing board and kept on file with the original LEA Plan. The CDE does not maintain copies of revised LEA Plans.

The following templates are suggested, but not required, when completing an LEA Plan.

Local Educational Agency Plan (DOC; 604KB; Dec-2007)
Template for completing the Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan.

Single School District Plan (DOC; 817KB; Mar-2007)
Template for completing the Single School District (SSD) Plan. Designed for use by single school districts, this template combines the elements of the Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan and the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) into one single document.

Single Plan for Student Achievement
Pursuant to California Education Code (EC) Section 64001 and the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 schools that receive state and federal funds through the Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) and ESEA Program Improvement (PI) funds consolidate all school plans into the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).

To assist local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in meeting the content requirements for consolidating all school plans for these programs into the SPSA the California Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with school, district, and county office of education practitioners, developed a planning guide (Part I), template (Part II), and resource index (Part III). Together the guide, template, and resource index provide a structured means to enhance the planning and implementation process for improving student academic performance. Use of these documents is entirely voluntary.

U.S. Department of Education No Child Left Behind and Elementary and Secondary Education Acts and Policies External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, including the Act and policy, and the Obama Administration's blueprint for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Includes:

  • ESEA Flexibility: Waivers from NCLB
  • ESEA Blueprint for Reform: The Obama administration's blueprint to ESEA reauthorization
  • NCLB Legislation: Public Law PL 107-110, the NCLB

Writing Effective Proposals
Guidance for preparing applications for funds. Includes information to help you make your Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan readable and educationally sound.

Programs and Contacts
Program Web pages and contact information of California Department of Education (CDE) staff responsible for individual programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.

Questions: Rena M. Carlson | rcarlson@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0243 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 12, 2016
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