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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
May 8, 2020

Dear Select County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title III, Part A, Immigrant Student Program Subgrant

Under Title III, Part A, Section 3114(d)(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, the California Department of Education (CDE) is required to set aside funds to provide subgrant awards to local educational agencies (LEAs) that meet eligibility requirements to receive a Title III, Part A, Immigrant Student Program subgrant. The funding is made available to eligible LEAs for the purpose of providing supplementary programs and services to eligible immigrant students and youth.

Student Eligibility

The term "eligible immigrant student" is defined in ESEA Section 3201(5) as an individual student who (a) is aged three through twenty-one; (b) was not born in any state (each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico); and (c) has not been attending any one or more schools in the United States for more than three full school years.

LEA Eligibility

LEAs are eligible to apply for a Title III Immigrant Student Program subgrant when the LEA has experienced a significant increase in eligible immigrant student enrollment in the current year compared with the average of the two preceding fiscal years.

The CDE is adjusting the significant growth criteria for establishing eligibility from the current two percent to one percent growth when comparing the average of the two preceding years to the current year. The change will allow more LEAs to meet the eligibility criteria, qualify for immigrant funding, and provide services to eligible immigrant students.

In addition, the LEA is eligible if the number of eligible students meets the “sufficient size and scope” criteria set by the state. LEAs are eligible when there are 21 or more eligible immigrant students. The definition for “sufficient size and scope” would not change from 21 eligible students.

Eligibility is established on a yearly basis. Eligibility determinations will be calculated using the most current data collected and certified on the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System. The 2020−21 eligibility list will be available in spring 2020. The CDE will notify the LEAs when the eligibility list is posted on the CDE website.

Consolidated Application and Reporting System

All eligible LEAs annually apply for Title III, Part A, Immigrant Student Program Subgrant funds on the Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) “Application for Funding” page. Additionally, LEAs provide a projected budget for the use of the subgrant funds. Information regarding the CARS application process is available on the CDE CARS web page at

Immigrant Student Program Plan

If the LEA applies for Title III Immigrant Student Program funds for the first time, the LEA must submit to the CDE a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Federal Addendum for the 2020−21 funding year. The addendum describes the activities for which the funds will be used, aligned with the purposes and conditions of the subgrant.

LEAs that already have received approval of a prior LCAP Federal Addendum, maintain an updated Addendum describing the planned use of the 2020−21 subgrant.

If you have any questions regarding the Title III, Part A, Immigrant Student Program Subgrant, please contact Geoffrey Ndirangu, Education Programs Consultant, Language Policy and Leadership Office (LPLO), by phone at 916-323-5831 or by email at



Sarah Neville-Morgan, Deputy Superintendent
Opportunities for All Branch


Last Reviewed: Friday, May 15, 2020

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