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PENSEC Instructions, FY 2020–21

Pupil Estimates for New or Significantly Expanding Charters (PENSEC) includes estimated pupil counts for fiscal year (FY) 2020–21.

Pursuant to Education Code (EC) Section 43505 [Senate Bill (SB) 98 (Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020)], state special advance apportionments for the 2020–21 fiscal year, for newly operational charter schools, will be based upon estimated enrollment of the charter school as of information day October 7, 2020 adjusted for the 2019–20 statewide absence rate in lieu of average daily attendance. A newly operational charter school is a charter school that is authorized by the governing board of a school district or county board of education on or before June 1, 2020, or approved by the state board at its July 8 and 9, 2020 meetings and will begin offering instruction in FY 2020–21. Expanding charter schools may submit a Pupil Estimates for New and Significantly Expanding Charters (PENSEC) Report for the purpose of federal categorical funding but will not be provided state funding in the 2020–21 fiscal year through the Charter School Special Advance Apportionments. The funding methodology change for the 2020–21 fiscal year is consistent with Part 24.5. School Finance, Instruction, and Accountability in the 2020–21 School Year of the EC added by SB 98 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Use the following instructions to complete the PENSEC report to receive a Charter School Special Advance apportionment and/or federal categorical preliminary entitlement. Care should be taken when estimating pupil counts. Overpayments will be recaptured by the California Department of Education (CDE), either through a reduction in the school’s next apportionment/allocation or by invoicing the school.

For some federal categorical programs (e.g., Title I, Title II, Title III), funding is based on prior year data. Because a new or significantly expanding charter school will have nonexistent or understated prior year data, federal law allows charter schools with a funding model of “direct” to be funded for the changes based on current year estimates. To take advantage of this provision, a new or significantly expanding direct funded charter school must submit the PENSEC report. In addition, to receive federal funds the direct funded school must also meet federal program eligibility requirements and elect to participate in such federal programs by submitting a Consolidated Application.

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If your charter is not in the drop down lists but is eligible to file the PENSEC report, please send your request by email to csspecialadvance@cde.ca.gov and include your charter school name, number, and 14-digit county-district-school (CDS) code. NOTE: A charter school MUST have a complete CDS code to participate in the PENSEC.

County

Use the County drop down list to select the county associated with the charter school.

District

Use the District drop down list to select the charter school’s authorizing agency.

School

Use the School drop down list to select the charter school.

PIN

Enter the charter school’s personal identification number (PIN). The PENSEC PIN is the same PIN as was provided by the CDE’s Charter Schools Division for use with the Charter Schools Annual Information Survey.

For assistance with a PIN, please send your request by email to csspecialadvance@cde.ca.gov and include your charter school name, number, and 14-digit CDS code.

Report Sections

The four sections of the PENSEC report are:

  • Section 1 – General Information
  • Section 2 – Funding Data Elements (Enrollment and/or pupil demographic data)
  • Section 3 – Enrollment by District of Residence
  • Section 4 – Review, Submit and Certify the Data

Sections 1, 2, and 4 are completed by all charter schools submitting the PENSEC report. Section 3 – Enrollment by District of Residence is only required for new or significantly expanding county program or countywide charter schools authorized pursuant to Education Code (EC) sections 47605.5 or 47605.6 External link opens in new window or tab., respectively and California State Board of Education authorized charter schools pursuant to EC Section 47605(j) External link opens in new window or tab..

Section 1 - General Information

Different data elements are required to be submitted depending on whether the charter school is new or expanding, so the first step in the PENSEC report is to indicate the charter school’s filing status. Contact information for the person completing the report is also required.

Charter Status

Specific criteria must be met before a new or significantly expanding charter school is eligible to receive a special advance of state or federal funding.

Based on the following criteria, select the radio button that indicates the charter school’s status for FY 2020–21:

New Charter School for FY 2020–21

A charter school is considered new for the purpose of the PENSEC report if it is in its first year of operation, is not regarded as a continuing school pursuant to the requirements of Assembly Bill (AB) 1505 or AB 1507 [Chapters 486 and 487, Statutes of 2019]*, will begin instructing students between July 1 and September 30 EC Section 47652 External link opens in new window or tab., and meets any of the following conditions:

  • Is instructing students for the first time in FY 2020–21 and did not receive state funds for general operations in FY 2019–20 as a charter school. This would include new charter schools that received a startup or implementation grant in FY 2019–20 under the Public Charter Schools Grant Program as long as they did not also receive LCFF State Aid funds
  • Converted to a charter school from a traditional public school in FY 2019–20
  • Instructed students as a charter school in 2019–20 and is instructing students in 2020–21 under a new charter number

Pursuant to EC 43505, a charter school must have been authorized by the governing board of a school district or county board of education on or before June 1, 2020, or approved by the state board at its July 8 and 9, 2020 meetings in order to be considered newly operational in the 2020–21 fiscal year.

*Exception: AB 1505 and AB 1507 Treat as Continuing Charter provision does not apply to federal programs for the restructured portion of a divided charter as defined in EC 47654.

Questions about a charter school's status should be directed to csspecialadvance@cde.ca.gov.

Significantly Expanding Charter School for FY 2020–21

A charter school is considered significantly expanding for the purpose of the PENSEC report if it meets the following condition(s):

  • Charter schools adding at least one grade level are not eligible for Charter Special Advance state funding in 2020–21(see above for details).
  • For federal funding, the charter is direct funded and has an increase in enrollment of at least 25 percent compared to the prior year and the increase is due to a significant event that is unlikely to occur on a regular basis, such as the addition of one or more grade levels or educational programs in major curriculum areas, or any other event deemed to be significant by the CDE (Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 76.787 External link opens in new window or tab.).
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If a charter school does not meet the criteria for of either a new or a significantly expanding charter school for FY 2020–21, the PENSEC report is not applicable and may not be submitted.

Contact Information

Provide contact information for the person completing the PENSEC report, including name, telephone number, facsimile (FAX) number, and email address. The telephone number (required) and FAX number (optional) must include the area code and be in the format of xxx-xxx-xxxx. The email address must be in a commonly recognized format such as xxxxx@xxxx.xxx.

Section 2 - Funding Data Elements

Estimated enrollment and pupil demographic data are collected in the PENSEC report in order to calculate state and federal entitlements for FY 2020–21. These estimates are subject to review by your authorizing entity. Supporting documentation may be requested.

Section 2 will automatically display the questions relevant to either a new or significantly expanding charter school based on the charter status selection in Section 1.

New Charter School

Enrollment Data

1a. Enter the estimated count of all pupils who are expected to be enrolled in the charter school as of October 2020. Enter as a whole number and include:

  • All grade levels (K–12)
  • Ungraded elementary (any student in kindergarten through grade 8 in an ungraded program including special education students in special day classes)
  • Ungraded secondary (any student in grades 9 through 12, except adults in a K–12 program in an ungraded program including special education students in special day classes)
  • Students over the age of 19 who have been continuously enrolled in public school and working toward a high school diploma
  • Students over the age of 19 and participating in a program that provides instruction exclusively in partnership with entities specified in EC Section 47612.1 External link opens in new window or tab.

1b. Enter the school’s current enrollment (i.e., the count of students confirmed enrolled as of the date the PENSEC is being prepared).

1c. Enter the enrollment count that was used to build the school’s first-year budget in the charter petition.

Enrollment Data by Grade Span

2. Allocate the charter school’s October enrollment entered in 1a by grade span. Enrollment by grade span data should be reported using whole numbers.

Pupil Demographic Data

Estimate the following pupil data for FY 2020–21:

3a. Free and Reduced Price Meals: Using the 2020–21 Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab., estimate how many of the pupils reported in the estimated October 2020 enrollment count, ages 5–17, may be eligible based on their family income for the free and reduced price meals program for FY 2020–21.

3b. English Learners: Estimate how many of the pupils reported in the estimated October 2020 enrollment count (question 1a) will be English learners (EL) in FY 2020–21. An EL is a student who is aged 3 through 21 and has been determined to lack the clearly defined English language skills of listening, comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing necessary to succeed in the school’s regular instructional program. To be designated an EL, there must be a report of a primary language other than English on the “Home Language Survey” and a determination from the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). New charter schools should estimate EL counts based on the number of pupils they anticipate will, upon either initial or annual assessment, be determined to be English learners.

3c. Immigrant Students: Estimate how many of the pupils reported in the estimated October 2020 enrollment count (question 1a) will be Immigrant students in FY 2020–21. An Immigrant student is a student who (a) is aged 3 through 21, (b) was not born in any state, and (c) has not been attending one or more schools in any one or more states for more than three full (cumulative) 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. Note that the Immigrant enrollment data includes only those Immigrant students who have not been attending a U.S. school for more than three full academic years. Immigrant students who have been enrolled longer than three years (cumulative) are not included in the data. New charter schools should estimate Immigrant counts based on an average of the Immigrant percentage rates of several neighboring schools with similar demographics regarding the targeted population.

3d. Unduplicated Pupil Count: Estimate how many of the students reported in the estimated October 2020 enrollment count (question 1a) will meet the definition of an Unduplicated Pupil. An Unduplicated Pupil is a student who is classified as an EL (see 3b), is eligible for a free or reduced-price meal (see 3a), or is a foster youth. If the student qualifies in more than one category, count them only once for the Unduplicated Pupil Count.

Charter Physical Location

4. Charter Physical Location: Select all school districts where the charter school will be physically located or have a school facility. The districts selected are to be based on the charter school’s physical locations and may include districts that are in addition to, or differ from, the charter school’s authorizing district. A charter school with a single location that falls within the boundaries of multiple districts, such as their location/facility falls within both an elementary and a high school district, should report both districts in their list of physical location data.

A charter school that is a county program charter or a countywide charter pursuant to EC sections 47605.5 or 47605.6 External link opens in new window or tab., respectively, is required to report physical location data. For additional information and examples of sites that could be considered physical locations for LCFF, see PADC Software Webinar Frequently Asked Questions. NOTE: These examples are for clarification and are not intended to restrict the definition of physical location.

Pursuant to EC Section 42238.02(f)(2) External link opens in new window or tab., when calculating the Unduplicated Pupil Percentage for Concentration Cap, the CDE will automatically include in the charter school's list of physical locations its authorizing district, or the school district that denied the charter school’s petition if the charter school was approved by the county office of education (COE) or the State Board of Education (SBE) on appeal. Therefore, if the charter school's authorizing or denied by school district is the only district the school will be located in, it is not necessary to report physical location data in the PENSEC.

To add school districts, do the following sequence until all districts applicable to the charter school's physical locations have been added:

County

Select the county where the district is located using the drop down list.

School District

Select the district where the school will be physically located or have a school facility using the drop down list, then click “Save District.” This list is school districts only; COEs are not applicable. To delete a school district previously entered, select the county and district from the drop down lists, then click “Delete District.”

A list of school districts selected and saved will display in a table following the data entry section.

Significantly Expanding Charter Schools

For continuing charter schools, charter schools adding at least one grade level are not eligible for Charter Special Advance state funding in 2020–21 (see above for more details). However, charter schools with enrollment growth due to a qualifying event that includes an estimated October 2020 enrollment of at least 25 percent greater than the October 2019 enrollment as reported in the CALPADS Fall 1 submission can apply for federal categorical funding. The October 2019 CALPADS enrollment may be viewed using DataQuest on the CDE’s website. (The CDE will use final certified CALPADS Fall 1 enrollment data when determining eligibility for significant expansion).

  • Exception: AB 1505 and AB 1507 Treat as Continuing Charters provision does not apply to federal programs for the restructured portion of a divided charter as defined in EC 47654. However, for purposes of advance funding, these newly numbered charters should report estimated counts under the significantly expanding screens for federal programs.

Federal Funding - Significant Expansion

Enrollment and Instructional Programs

1a. Indicate whether the estimated October 2020 enrollment will be at least 25 percent greater than the October 2019 enrollment.

Exception: AB 1505 and AB 1507 Treat as Continuing Charter provision does not apply to federal programs for the restructured portion of a divided charter as defined in EC 47654. However, for purposes of advance funding, these charters should answer “yes” in order to access the next screens to input estimated data.

1b. Provide the estimated October 2020 enrollment count. Enter as a whole number and include:

  • All grade levels (K–12)
  • Ungraded elementary (any student in kindergarten through grade 8 in an ungraded program including special education students in special day classes)
  • Ungraded secondary (any student in grades 9 through 12, except adults in a K–12 program in an ungraded program including special education students in special day classes)
  • Students over the age of 19 who have been continuously enrolled in public school and working toward a high school diploma
  • Students over the age of 19 and participating in a program that provides instruction exclusively in partnership with entities specified in EC Section 47612.1 External link opens in new window or tab.

1c. Report the estimated date the school is scheduled to open and begin instruction (mm/dd/yyyy).

1d. Indicate for FY 2020–21 whether the addition of one or more educational programs in major curriculum areas will occur. If Yes, provide a brief description of the program(s).

1e. Indicate for FY 2020–21 whether there is a significant event (other than adding a grade level or educational program) that is unlikely to occur on a regular basis and that will lead to at least a 25 percent increase in October 2019 CALPADS Fall 1 enrollment. If Yes, provide a brief description of the event.

Exception: AB 1505 and AB 1507 Treat as Continuing Charters provision does not apply to federal programs for the restructured portion of a divided charter as defined in EC 47654. For purposes of advance funding, these charters should answer “yes” and indicate AB1505/1507 as the significant event.

Pupil Demographic Data

1f. Free and Reduced Price Meals: Using the 2020–21 Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines External link opens in new window or tab., estimate how many of the pupils reported in the estimated October 2020 enrollment count, ages 5–17, may be eligible based on their family income for the free and reduced price meals program for FY 2020–21.

1g. English Learners: Estimate how many of the pupils reported in the estimated October 2020 enrollment count will be English learners (EL) in FY 2020–21. An EL is a student who is aged 3 through 21 and has been determined to lack the clearly defined English language skills of listening, comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing necessary to succeed in the school’s regular instructional program. To be designated an EL, there must be a report of a primary language other than English on the “Home Language Survey” and a determination from the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).

1h. Immigrant Students: Estimate how many of the pupils reported in the estimated October 2020 enrollment count will be Immigrant students in FY 2020–21. An Immigrant student is a student who (a) is aged 3 through 21, (b) was not born in any state, and (c) has not been attending one or more schools in any one or more states for more than three full (cumulative) 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. Note that the Immigrant enrollment data includes only those Immigrant students who have not been attending a U.S. school for more than three full academic years. Immigrant students who have been enrolled longer than three years (cumulative) are not included in the data.

Section 3 - Enrollment by District of Residence

A new charter school reporting enrollment in the PENSEC report that is a county program charter or a countywide charter pursuant to EC sections 47605.5 or 47605.6 External link opens in new window or tab., respectively, as well as California State Board of Education authorized charter schools pursuant to EC Section 47605(j) External link opens in new window or tab., must also report the enrollment by school district of residence. The total enrollment entered by district of residence must balance to the enrollment entered in Section 2 – Funding Data Elements.

To add a district of residence, do the following sequence until all districts applicable to the charter school have been added:

County of Residence

Select the appropriate county of residence using the drop down list.

District of Residence

Select the appropriate district of residence using the drop down list.

Data Entry

Enter the charter school's estimated FY 2020–21 PENSEC enrollment applicable to the district of residence selected, then click “Save District.” For new charter schools, continue the sequence until the total estimated enrollment has been entered by district of residence. For expanding schools, continue the sequence until the estimated enrollment by district of residence for just the new grade levels has been entered.

To modify data previously entered, select the county and district from the drop down lists, then modify the data and click “Save District.” To delete a district, select the county and district from the drop down lists, then click “Delete District.”

The data entered for all districts will display in the “County and Sponsoring District of Residence” table following the data entry section. Once data entry is complete, click “Verify Data.” If error messages indicate that the enrollment does not balance between this Section 3 – District of Residence, and Section 2 – Funding Data Elements, correct the data in either section so that they balance.

Section 4 - Review, Submit and Certify the Data

Once data entry is complete, the PENSEC report should be printed, reviewed for accuracy, and then submitted online to the CDE. For new charter schools, a certification will automatically be made available which includes those data elements used in the calculation of the charter school’s LCFF State Aid first Charter School Special Advance and first quarter EPA State Aid payment. For FY 2020–21, the certification should be printed, signed by all parties with original wet signatures, saved as a PDF file and then transmitted to the CDE electronically to csspecialadvance@cde.ca.gov. Please do not send in hard copies of the certification. Note: expanding charter schools do not need to deliver certifications, electronically or otherwise, to CDE. This criteria only applies to new charter schools.

Data with signed certifications for new charter schools received by the CDE by August 7, 2020 will be included in the 2020–21 first Charter School Special Advance apportionment and first quarter EPA processes, as well as any applicable federal allocation calculations. Data or certifications received by the CDE after August 7, 2020 may cause the charter school to wait until a later apportionment to receive state funding, or to be ineligible for some federal funding in the current year.

Review the Data

The data entry screens cannot be accessed once the data is submitted to the CDE so it is important that the data be carefully reviewed prior to submission. To review the data, click the “Print PENSEC Report” button then click "open". The report will display on the screen and can be printed using the browser’s Print button. After closing the print window, if corrections to the data are needed, click “Return to Data Entry” and navigate to the data that needs correcting. Make sure to print another copy of the PENSEC report if changes are made.

Submit the PENSEC Report

Once the data is correct and ready to submit to the CDE, click “Submit PENSEC Data to CDE.” You will be asked to confirm the submission. If “Yes” is clicked, the data is submitted online to the CDE and a confirmation is provided showing the date and time of the submission.

There are different PENSEC submission components depending on whether state and/or federal funds are being requested. For the FY 2020–21 PENSEC:

Funding Request Report Submission Criteria* Type of Funding
New Charter Schools (Combination of State and Federal Funding)
  • Include enrollment as well as pupil demographic and other charter data
  • Submit data online to the CDE
  • Print, sign (original wet signatures), save as PDF file and email the data certification to the CDE. All levels must sign including charter, authorizer, COE and/or SBE/CDE, as applicable (see following for additional information)
  • Data and certification due to the CDE by 8/7/2020
Significantly Expanding Charter Schools (Federal Funding Only)
  • Include enrollment, pupil demographic and other charter data
  • Submit data online to the CDE
  • Data certification not required
  • Data due to the CDE by 8/7/2020
  • Allocation of applicable federal funds (e.g., Title I, Title II, Title III)

After the data has been submitted, the data entry screens are no longer accessible but the data report and certification (if applicable) may be accessed and printed. If corrections to the data are needed, please send a request to re-open the report by email to csspecialadvance@cde.ca.gov and include your charter name, charter number, and 14-digit CDS code.

NOTE: New charter schools to be numbered by the SBE in September 2020 that are both direct funded and interested in applying for FY 2020–21 federal funds should contact Leslie Sharp with the CDE’s Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Unit by email at lsharp@cde.ca.gov.

Data Certification

PENSEC reports for new charter schools and that have a successful data submission will automatically be provided with a “Print Data Certification” button in the PENSEC. District of Residence enrollment entered for the school will automatically be included in the certification. Submissions will not be considered complete until the fully signed certification with wet signatures is received by the CDE electronically as a PDF file.

As the first level approver, the charter school representative must sign the Data Certification in the certification block in order for the data to be processed. Second and third level approvers (e.g., school districts, COEs, SBE Charter Oversight Unit) must also sign the Data Certification in either the certification or non-certification signature blocks. If non-certification is signed, the reasons for this must be sent to the CDE along with the Data Certification for further review.

Charter schools whose authorizer is a school district or COE:

  1. A printed copy of the PENSEC Data Report, which is separate from the Data Certification, may be requested by and provided to your authorizer, but it does not need to be delivered to the CDE.
  2. Ensure your approver(s), e.g., school district and/or COE, have ample time to review, sign and deliver your original Data Certification fully signed with wet signatures as a PDF file electronically to the CDE’s Principal Apportionment Section by 8/7/2020
  3. Deliver the Data Certification fully signed with wet signatures to:
    csspecialadvance@cde.ca.gov

Address questions about district- or COE-authorized charter schools to the Principal Apportionment Section at csspecialadvance@cde.ca.gov or 916-324-4541.

Charter schools whose authorizer is the SBE:

  1. A printed copy of the PENSEC Data Report must be delivered electronically with your certification.
  2. Your printed Data Certification, signed by your charter authorizer with a wet signature, must be delivered electronically to the CDE's SBE Charter School Oversight Unit. Ensure that the SBE Charter Oversight Unit has ample time to review and sign the Data Certification by 8/7/2020.
  3. Deliver the Data Certification signed by the charter with a wet signature, plus a copy of the PENSEC Data Report, electronically to:
    SBEOVERSIGHT@cde.ca.gov

Address questions about SBE-authorized charter schools to the SBE Charter Oversight Unit at SBEOVERSIGHT@cde.ca.gov or 916-322-6029.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, August 7, 2020
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