ESSA: December 10, 2016 deadline for implementing Title I foster care requirements


The 2016-2017 school year is a transition year between the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which goes into full effect in 2017-2018. While most of the requirements for ESSA are scheduled to be implemented after July 1, 2017, guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) indicates that the new requirements under Title I for students in foster care must be implemented starting December 10, 2016. 

Whitehouse_1-425291-edited.jpegThis early December implementation deadline is due to a part of the law that states that school districts must implement transportation services “to maintain children in foster care in their school of origin no later than one year after the date of enactment of the ESSA (12/10/2015)." As a result, school districts that receive Title I funds must work in collaboration with State or local child welfare agencies to provide, arrange, and fund transportation to ensure children maintain enrollment in their school of origin ahead of the later July 1, 2017 implementation date.

TransACT Parent Notices™ provides school districts with unlimited access to federally required, legally reviewed parent notices in plain-language English , translated into priority languages using certified translators. Along the pathway towards ESSA implementation, existing customers with active subscriptions to the NCLB/ESEA collection are automatically given access to new notices at required deadlines.

After feedback from TransACT's National Advisory Board regarding the addition of requirements to Title I in ESSA for students in foster care, these required parent notices are available:

  • Meeting to Determine School Placement of a Student in Foster Care: Invitation to Participate
  • Educational Services for Students in Foster Care
  • Determination of School Placement for a Student in Foster Care
  • Determination of School Transportation for a Student in Foster Care

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Dr. David Holbrook

About The Author

Dr. David Holbrook is a nationally recognized leader in federal programs administration and monitoring with expertise in Title I, Title III, Native American Education, and Federal Programs. Dr. Holbrook has also worked as a consultant with Title III of the US Department of Education and now serves as Executive Director, Federal Compliance and State Relationships with TransAct.