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California Department of Education
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Release: #18-29
April 12, 2018
Contact: Janet Weeks
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Board Of Education Adopts Revised
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan

SACRAMENTO — The State Board of Education today unanimously approved revisions to California’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan, a document that outlines the use and management of $2.4 billion in federal assistance to the state’s neediest students. California’s revised plan now moves on to the U.S. Department of Education for approval.

Every state that receives funding under ESSA is required to submit a plan to the federal government that meets federal statutory requirements.

California’s ESSA plan has been in development for more than two years with input from thousands of Californians. The revised plan affirms California’s commitment to the state’s broad overhaul of school funding and accountability ushered in by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which provides an extra $10.1 billion annually to districts that serve low-income students, English learners, and foster youth. LCFF also gives local communities the authority to decide for themselves how best to allocate funding to address local needs.

“Because California is on the right track, it was important to work with the federal government to develop an ESSA plan that complements our state system but doesn’t drive it,” said State Board President Michael W. Kirst, a Stanford professor emeritus. “I am pleased that we have achieved that balance.”

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson agreed.

“Our plan is grounded in California’s Local Control Funding Formula law, which emphasizes local control, equity, stakeholder engagement, accountability, and continuous improvement,” he said. “Now we look forward to the United States Department of Education’s approval and to implementing the plan.”

Torlakson thanked staff for their hard work, noting that California took the initiative to travel to Washington, D.C. in both February and March to meet with members of Congress, federal Department of Education staff, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Early indicators show that the Local Control Funding Formula is making a difference for students. California’s graduation rate has steadily climbed under LCFF and the percentage of students who graduate eligible for admission to the University of California and the California State University systems is at an all-time high. A recent research brief by the Learning Policy Institute showed a direct correlation between LCFF resources and a narrowing of achievement gaps in statewide math assessment scores.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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