Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Ltr
Dear Select County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT, TITLE III, PART A, ENGLISH LEARNER AND IMMIGRANT STUDENT SUBGRANT PROGRAM
Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title III, Part A, the California Department of Education (CDE) provides formula subgrant awards to local educational agencies (LEAs) for English learner (EL) and immigrant students. Title III funds are to be used to provide supplementary programs and services to EL and immigrant students. This message is to inform LEAs of expectations with regard to Title III, EL and Immigrant Student Program participation and funding requirements.
Eligibility criteria for Title III, EL and Immigrant Student Program participation remain as follows:
• LEAs are eligible to receive EL funding directly if their preliminary entitlement is $10,000 or greater. If the preliminary entitlement is under $10,000, the LEA may still be eligible for funds by applying through the consortium process.
• LEAs eligible to receive an immigrant student subgrant may apply for funding directly via the Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS).
Title III eligibility determinations will be calculated using the most current data collected and certified on the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). For the 2016–17 grant year, the CDE will use the 2015–16 CALPADS data collected on the first Wednesday (Census Day) of October 2015. Preliminary eligibility lists will be available as soon as the EL and immigrant data are finalized. The Schedule of the 2016–17 Preliminary Entitlements will be posted on the CDE Title III EL and Immigrant Programs Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/titleIII.asp.
CONSOLIDATED APPLICATION AND REPORTING SYSTEM
All LEAs must apply for Title III, Part A, EL and Immigrant Student Program funds on the CARS “Application for Funding” page regardless of the eligibility threshold. This process will mirror the applications for Title I, Part A and Title II, Part A. LEAs who are not eligible to receive EL direct funding because they do not meet the $10,000 threshold must also form or join a consortium. Those LEAs will be contacted separately to complete the online consortium application.
ANNUAL LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY PLAN
LEAs who participate in the Title III, EL or Immigrant Student Programs are required to submit their LEA Plans annually (ESEA, Title III, Part A, Section 3114). The annual LEA Plan includes a budget for the amount of the subgrant. LEAs that apply for Title III funds upload their Title III LEA Plan Performance Goal 2 and the Title III LEA Plan Performance Goal 2 Cover Sheet to the CDE Monitoring Tool (CMT) at https://cmt.cde.ca.gov/cmt/logon.aspx. These documents, along with a Webcast providing guidance to assist with the completion and submission of the Title III LEA Plan Performance Goal 2 Template, can be accessed on the CDE Title III Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/t3/. CDE confirms the plans and coversheets are uploaded to the CMT, and reviews to ensure the plans are consistent with the program requirements.
If you have any questions regarding the Title III, EL or Immigrant Student Programs, please contact Geoffrey Ndirangu, Education Programs Consultant, Language Policy and Leadership Office (LPLO), by phone at 916-323-5831 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any Title III, fiscal questions, please contact Patty Stevens, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, LPLO, by phone at 916-323-5838 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
If you have any Title III, fiscal allocation questions, please contact Leslie Sharp, Education Fiscal Services Consultant, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Office, by phone at 916-323-4977 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veronica Aguila, Ed. D., Director
English Learner Support Division