Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015, and is the largest federal entitlement for public education. It replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. The purpose of these programs is to improve the quality of elementary and secondary schooling to ensure that all children achieve success. Alief ISD receives funding to implement the following ESSA programs.

TITLE I, PART A - Improving Basic Programs

The Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Education Agencies program in Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that replaced its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act), provides supplemental funding to state and local education agencies. This funding pays for resources to assist schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families. These resources improve education quality and help ensure all children in low-income contexts meet the state's student performance standards. Title I, Part A programs use effective methods and instructional strategies that are grounded in scientific research.

In Alief ISD, funds are focused on meeting district goals through a two-pronged approach – ensuring meaningful work and enhancing meaningful relationships. Funded strategies are broad-based and range from summer school and other academic interventions, to professional development for campus staff, to district and campus technology support.

Title I school-wide programs are in place at all elementary, intermediate, middle, and high schools, excluding only the district’s alternative education programs.

TITLE II, PART A – Supporting Effective Instruction

Title II, Part A of ESSA provides supplemental funding to improve student achievement. The funds are used to elevate teacher and principal quality through recruitment, hiring and retention strategies, and to increase the number of qualified teachers in the classroom and qualified principals and assistant principals in schools. The program uses scientifically based professional development interventions.

TITLE III, PART A - English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act

Title III, Part A of ESSA aims to ensure that English language learners (ELL) and immigrant children and youth attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet.

TITLE IV, PART A - Student Support and Academic Enrichment

Newly authorized under subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is intended to help achieve ESSA’s goals of high-quality education for all students.  Title IV, Part A increases the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities to: 1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, 2) improve school conditions for student learning, and 3) improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.