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Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Transition under Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA).

Table of Contents

  1. SES Requirement
  2. California Code of Regulations
  3. SES Transition Plan
  4. Funding
  5. Eligibility
  6. Alternative Supports
  7. Curriculum
  8. Outside Entity
  1. SES Requirement
    1. Are districts required to provide Supplemental Educational Services (SES) in the 2016 -17 school year?

      No. However, in order to ensure an orderly transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), local educational agencies (LEAs) with schools identified in Program Improvement (PI) Year 2 and beyond must provide alternative supports to eligible students in the 2016 -17 school year.

    2. Will the State release a Request for Application (RFA) for SES Providers and/or have an approved list of SES Providers?

      No. However, LEAs can request an Excel spreadsheet which contains the organizations that were previously approved by the State Board of Educaion (SBE) as SES providers for the period of 2015 -17. NOTE: The approval status no longer applies with the passage of ESSA.

    3. Will the State have an approved list of SES providers?

      No. The State Board of Education (SBE) will no longer approve or maintain a list of approved SES providers. The State has developed a Transition Plan that will be posted on the California Department of Education (CDE) web page for the 2016 -17 school year ensuring that the LEAs provide alternative supports for the students eligible for SES and the schools with the greatest need. The Transition Plan is posted on the SBE web page in attachment 2 of the May 2016 (SBE) agenda, item #6 or on the CDE’s ESSA Web page.

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  2. California Code of Regulations
    1. Are the California Code of Regulations, Title 5 for SES in effect during the 2016 -17 school year?

      No. The following guidance in the ESSA Transition Plan supersedes all state and federal laws and regulations beginning in the 2016 -17 school year as they relate to SES, Choice, and the related notice to parents.

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  3. SES Transition Plan
    1. Where can I find the SES transition information for the 2016 -17 school year?

      The SES 2016 -17 transition information is part of the ESSA Transition Plan posted on the CDE ESSA Web page.

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  4. Funding
    1. Is there funding set aside for alternative supports?

      LEAs that have schools in PI Year 2 and beyond must set aside a reasonable amount of Title I, Part A funds for alternative supports. If an LEA does not have sufficient funds to serve all eligible students, the LEA may give priority to the lowest-achieving PI schools or the lowest-achieving students attending a PI school. Funds set aside for alternative supports must be used for direct educational services to eligible students.

      Please note that the CDE will no longer be establishing or posting a per pupil amount (PPA) as previously done for SES. An LEA may establish its own PPA for alternative supports for the 2016 -17 school year.

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  5. Eligibility
    1. Who are the students eligible for alternative supports?

      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.

    2. Which schools need to provide alternative support in lieu of SES?

      Schools receiving Title I funds and in PI Year 2 and beyond need to provide alternative supports to identified eligible students.

      Eligible students can participate in alternative supports regardless if the school is a targeted assisted program or a schoolwide program.

    3. Are students attending private schools eligible to be served under this program?

      No. Private school students are not eligible, even if the student is receiving Title I services within the private school.

    4. Who is eligible to provide alternative supports to eligible schools?

      It is recommended that LEAs implement alternative supports consistent with the following guiding principles in the ESSA Transition Plan available on the ESSA Web page.

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  6. Alternative Supports
    1. What are some examples of alternative supports?
      • Academic support offered during school hours, before school, after school, intercession, and/or during summer learning programs
      • Small group instruction and/or pull out interventions offered during the regular school day
      • Interventions offered during After School Education and Safety or 21st Century Community Learning Center programs
      • High quality academic tutoring
      • Purchasing supplemental materials to support alternative support services
      • Personnel costs of a crisis, intervention, and/or academic counselor to meet with eligible students
      • Services and programs that remove barriers to promote academic achievement of eligible students

    2. Is there a per pupil amount (PPA) set by the CDE for alternative services?

      No. LEAs who have schools in PI Year 2 and beyond must set aside a reasonable amount of Title I, Part A funds for alternative supports.

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  7. Curriculum
    1. What curriculum, materials and/or resources may be used for alternative support?

      Alternative supports may be provided using research based curriculum, grade-level content, and supplemental materials. Alternative supports must be an allowable Title I, Part A activity as defined in ESEA. See ESSA Transition Plan page 5.

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  8. Outside Entity
    1. May an LEA choose to contract with an outside entity to provide alternative supports for eligible students?

      Yes. For LEAs choosing to contract with outside entities or community partners to provide alternative supports to eligible students, the LEA is responsible for the contract agreement, monitoring and review of the program, and shall abide to the following provisions:
      • No electronic device or other items of value shall be given, retained, or used as an incentive or achievement award.
      • Funds must only be expended on direct services to eligible students.
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Questions:   Title I Policy and Program Guidance Office | ses@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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