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Immigrant Students CALPADS Ltr

Letter Head: Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

October 30, 2009

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Private School Administrators:


Purpose of the Number of Eligible Immigrant Students. The Student National Origin Report (SNOR) is used to collect the annual count of eligible immigrant students as required by Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The CDE receives a formula grant from the U.S. Department of Education and is authorized to allocate formula subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that experience a significant growth in their eligible immigrant student populations. Data from the SNOR will be used to fund LEAs in 2009-10. The per-pupil allocation in 2009-10 is $95.

Beginning in the 2009-10 school year, County Offices of Education, School Districts and Direct Funded Charter Schools will submit the number of immigrant students in the California Longitudinal Achievement Data System (CALPADS).

The LEAs will be informed of eligible immigrant student enrollments in all private schools located within their geographic jurisdictions when the funding formula for the Title III, Immigrant Education program is calculated. Only Private Schools will continue to submit the number of immigrant students via the SNOR online.

Eligible Immigrant Students. Effective July 1, 2009, the definition of immigrant children and youth is revised to be consistent with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Section 3301(6) of the ESEA defines immigrant children and youth as individuals who (A) are aged 3 through 21; (B) were not born in any State; and (C) have not been attending one or more schools in any one or more States for more than 3 full academic years.

Section 3301(14) of the ESEA defines State as each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Assistance regarding the CALPADS may be found on page 13 of the CALPADS Data Guide at [The preceding link is no longer available. For questions regarding this document, feel free to contact the CALPADS Operations Office at 916-324-6738.]

If you have any questions regarding the counting of Immigrant students or any related Title III matter, please contact Monte Blair, Education Programs Consultant, Language Policy and Leadership Office, at 916-323-5124 or by e-mail at


Original signed by

Deborah V.H. Sigman, Deputy Superintendent
Curriculum, Learning, and Accountability Branch


cc:       Title III Directors

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