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LPSBG Program Information

Information about the Low-Performing Students Block Grant (LPSBG) for participating local educational agencies.

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The LPSBG provides funds for local educational agencies (LEAs) serving students identified as low-performing on state English language arts or mathematics assessments, who are not otherwise identified for supplemental grant funding under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), or eligible for special education services.

Legislative Authority

Education Code Title 2, Division 3, Part 24, Chapter 3.2, Section 41570 External link opens in new window or tab., appropriated $300 million to establish the LPSBG.

Program Description

The LPSBG allocates $300 million for LEAs, including county offices of education (COEs), school districts, and charter schools (both directly and locally funded) for the benefit of identified students during fiscal year (FY) 2018–19. These funds are designated to address the persistent achievement gap in California’s public schools, and to provide resources and evidence-based practices to initiate and sustain authentic systemic change.

Reporting Requirements

Grant recipients shall report to the State Superintendent on or before:

  • March 1, 2019, Required Report Number One External link opens in new window or tab. (select the hyperlink to access the online reporting tool), regarding the adopted plan to use the grant funds to increase the academic performance of pupils identified pursuant to EC Section 41570(d) External link opens in new window or tab.; and

  • November 1, 2021, Required Report Number Two (hyperlink to the online reporting tool will be provided once it is available), regarding the implementation of the plan, the strategies used, and whether those strategies increased the academic performance of the pupils identified pursuant to EC Section 41570(d) External link opens in new window or tab..

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Low-Performing Students Block Grant Summary

NOTE: Please refer to Education Code Title 2, Division 3, Part 24, Chapter 3.2, Section 41570 External link opens in new window or tab. for the language of the LPSBG. This overview is provided as a summary of the LPSBG and may not contain all relevant statutory language.

Item/Responsibility/Timeline Activity

Item: First Apportionment of the LPSBG Funds (approximately $150 million)

Responsibility: CDE

Timeline: Fall 2018

  • The California Department of Education (CDE) will allocate LPSBG funds during the 2018–19 fiscal year (FY) to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs), which include school districts, county offices of education (COEs), and charter schools that serve pupils identified as low-performing on state English language arts or mathematics assessments and who are not otherwise identified for supplemental grant funding under the Local Control Funding Formula or eligible for special education services.

  • Each LEA will receive an equal amount per eligible pupil.

  • Funds are available for expenditure or encumbrance through the 2020–21 FY.

Item: Develop and approve plan for LPSBG funds

Responsibility: LEA

Timeline: Fall and Winter 2018

As a condition of receiving LPSBG funds, an eligible school district, COE, or charter school is required to:

  • Develop a plan describing how the funds will increase or improve evidence-based services for the pupils identified to accelerate increases in academic achievement, and how the effectiveness of services will be measured.

    • The plan shall include information regarding how the services align with and are described in the school district’s local control and accountability plan (LCAP), the county superintendent’s LCAP, or the charter school’s LCAP.

    • In order to ensure community and stakeholder input, the plan shall be discussed and adopted at a regularly scheduled meeting by the governing board of the school district, county board of education, or governing body of the charter school.

Item: Required Reporting

Responsibility: LEA

Timeline:

Required Report Number One:
Due on or before March 1, 2019

Required Report Number Two:
Due on or before November 1, 2021

The LEA must submit two reports to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI):

  • Required Report Number One—On or before March 1, 2019, the LEA is required to report to the State Superintendent on the adopted plan to use the grant funds to increase the academic performance of pupils identified. To submit this report online, see Reporting Requirements above.

  • Required Report Number Two—On or before November 1, 2021, the LEA is required to report to the State Superintendent regarding the implementation of the plan, the strategies used, and whether those strategies increased the academic performance of the pupils identified. To submit this report online, see Reporting Requirements above.

Item: Second Apportionment of LPSBG Funds (approximately $150 million)

Responsibility: CDE

Timeline: Spring 2019

The CDE will calculate final entitlements and distribute the balance of remaining funds to eligible LEAs, adjusted for closed charter schools and LEAs that did not submit Report No. 1.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible to receive LPSBG funds?
    Funding is available to LEAs which include school districts, COEs, and charter schools with students identified as low-performing on state English language arts or mathematics assessments using the most recently available results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress data and who are not otherwise identified for supplemental grant funding under the LCFF or eligible for special education services.
  2. How will I know if my LEA is eligible to receive LPSBG funds?
    Please refer to the LPSBG Source Data File (XLSX).
  3. Are charter schools eligible to receive LPSBG funds?
    Yes. School districts, COEs, and charter schools with students that meet eligibility requirements are eligible to receive LPSBG funds.
  4. Is an application required to receive LPSBG funds?
    No. The California Department of Education (CDE) will make apportionments to eligible COEs, school districts, and charter schools (both directly and locally funded). Please see questions 7 and 13 relating to conditions of funding and reporting requirements.
  5. How much funding will LEAs receive and how will allocations be made?
    A total of $300 million is appropriated to the LPSBG. The LEA allocation is based on an equal amount per eligible pupil and will be made during the 2018–19 FY.
  6. Can an LEA choose not to accept LPSBG funding?
    Yes. The LEA can choose not to accept LPSBG funding. If an LEA has received an apportionment, the LEA will be required to return the apportionment to the CDE.
  7. What are the conditions for receiving LPSBG funds?

    California Education Code (EC) Section 41570(f)(1) External link opens in new window or tab. requires, as a condition of receiving LPSBG funds, an eligible school district, COE, or charter school to:

    • Develop a plan describing how the funds will increase or improve evidence-based services for the pupils identified in EC Section 41570(d) External link opens in new window or tab. to accelerate increases in academic achievement, and how the effectiveness of services will be measured.

      • The plan shall include information regarding how the services align with and are described in the school district’s local control and accountability plan (LCAP), pursuant to EC Section 52060 External link opens in new window or tab. the county superintendent’s LCAP, pursuant to EC Section 52066 External link opens in new window or tab.; or the charter school’s LCAP, pursuant to EC sections 47605 External link opens in new window or tab.; 47605.6 External link opens in new window or tab. and 47606.5 External link opens in new window or tab..

      • In order to ensure community and stakeholder input, the plan shall be discussed and adopted at a regularly scheduled meeting by the governing board of the school district, county board of education, or governing body of the charter school.
  8. When can LEAs expect to receive LPSBG funds?
    The first apportionment of approximately 50 percent of funds will occur in December 2018, with the remainder scheduled to be released in May/June 2019.
  9. What are appropriate uses of the LPSBG funds?

    Funds allocated to eligible LEAs shall be used for evidence-based services that directly support pupil academic achievement. As identified in EC Section 41570(e) External link opens in new window or tab., eligible activities include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Professional development activities for certificated staff
    • Instructional materials or
    • Additional supports for pupils
  10. How long do LEAs have to spend the funds?
    Funds are available for expenditure or encumbrance during FYs 2018–19, 2019–20, and 2020–21.
  11. Must an LEA submit its LPSBG plan to the CDE?
    No. The LEA is not required to submit its LPSBG plan to the CDE. For grant submission requirements, please read question 13 relating to reporting requirements.
  12. Must the LEA use the LCAP process to meet the LPSBG planning requirements?

    The LEA may choose to utilize the LCAP process, or any other planning process, to meet the LPSBG planning requirements.

    Pursuant to EC Section 41570(f)(1) External link opens in new window or tab., the plan shall include information regarding how the services align with and are described in the school district’s LCAP, pursuant to EC Section 52060 External link opens in new window or tab., the county superintendent’s LCAP, pursuant to EC Section 52066 External link opens in new window or tab., or the charter school’s LCAP, pursuant to EC sections 47605 External link opens in new window or tab., 47605.6 External link opens in new window or tab., 47606.5 External link opens in new window or tab., and 41570(f)(1) External link opens in new window or tab..
  13. What reports are required to be submitted by an LEA to the CDE?

    The LEA must submit two reports to the State Superintendent as required by EC Section 41570(f)(2) External link opens in new window or tab..

    1. On or before March 1, 2019, the LEA is required to report to the State Superintendent on the adopted plan to use the grant funds to increase the academic performance of pupils identified, pursuant to EC Section 41570(d) External link opens in new window or tab.. To submit Required Report Number One, see Reporting Requirements above.

    2. On or before November 1, 2021, the LEA is required to report to the State Superintendent regarding the implementation of the plan, the strategies used, and whether those strategies increased the academic performance of the pupils identified, pursuant to EC Section 41570(d) External link opens in new window or tab.. To submit Required Report Number Two, see Reporting Requirements above.
  14. Where can I find more information about the LPSBG funds?
    Language governing the allocation and use of the LPSBG funds can be found in EC Section 41570 External link opens in new window or tab..
  15. How do I change the name of the contact person for this grant?
    Any changes to the LEA’s primary or secondary contact information for the LPSBG should be emailed to the School Improvement and Support Office at LPSBG@cde.ca.gov.

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