The U.S. Department of Education (ED) provides guidance regarding ESSA and the development of California's plan in support of the submission of Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plans and the awarding of federal funding. ESSA provides states with more flexibility to design accountability and systems of support that will align with current California reforms, such as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs).
Based on the latest guidance from the ED regarding local planning requirements, the CDE has determined for the 2017–18 year, LEAs (defined as county offices of education, districts, and direct-funded charter schools) will meet the following federal planning requirements:
New applicants, LEAs that do not currently have a State Board of Education (SBE)-approved LEA Plan on file and are not currently receiving federal funds, but are eligible for federal funds, will not be required to submit a new LEA Plan during the 2017–18 year, but will be required to submit certifications of the required ESSA assurances through the Consolidated Application Reporting System (CARS) during the 2017 spring collection period. New applicants will also be required to work with appropriate CDE program offices to ensure that federal resources are being used in a manner consistent with ESSA.
LEAs that currently have a SBE-approved LEA Plan on file and are currently receiving federal funds are responsible for keeping their LEA Plan updated and available upon request.