EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA)
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The ESSA builds upon the critical work States and local education agencies (LEAs) have implemented over the last few years. The reauthorized law sets high standards and contains policies that will help prepare all students for success in college and future careers. It prioritizes excellence and equity and recognizes the importance of supporting great educators in our nation's schools.
The US Department of Education will be publishing ESSA regulations for State and local education agencies (LEAs) in October/November of 2016. Full text of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act: http://www.ed.gov/essa?src=rn
Bliss School District manages Federally Funded programs in cooperation with the State of Idaho and the Federal Government. The list of Federal Programs in Bliss include:
Title I-A: Improving Basic Programs
Title II-A: Supporting Effective Instruction
Title III : English Leaner Program
Title IX-A: Homeless Children and Youth
Title IV-A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment
Please visit Bliss School District Federal Program web pages for updated information. The intent of these pages is to become a resource for staff, parents and stakeholders.
Contacts for Federal Programs are as follows:
Superintendent: Kevin Lancaster 208-352-4445
Federal Programs: Tracy Dalin 208-352-4445
Title I-A: Improving Basic Programs is a federal program that helps students who are most at risk meet state academic standards and be proficient on state assessments. This program provides funding to districts and schools that can be used for professional development, extended-time programs, and other strategies to help raise achievement levels. Title I-A laws hold states, districts, and schools accountable for improving the academic achievement of all students.
The Idaho English Learner (EL) Program and Title III assist school districts with federal and state requirements of English Language Learners (ELLs). We help districts create, implement, and maintain development programs that provide equal learning opportunities for ELLs. Our goal is to develop curricula and teaching strategies that embrace each learner’s unique identity to help break down barriers that prevent ELLs from succeeding in school.
For more information please contact:
Tracy Dalin, District Language Instruction Coordinator or Cyndi Wood District EL Assessment Coordinator
The Title IX-A Education for Homeless Children and Youth section of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ensures that students who lack a fixed and regular nighttime residence are provided a free, public education. It was most recently reauthorized as Title IX-A of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on December 10, 2015.
For more information please contact:
Tracy Dalin, District Homeless Liaison
The Act ensures the educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness and includes:
Family and Community Engagement (FACE) plays an important role in the academic success of students. School, family, and community partnerships provide a circle of support for students to be successful today and in the future.
We encourage schools that have had success in family and community involvement to share ideas and best practices.
Title IV-A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants is a federal program that helps to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities. The grant has three main priorities: (1) to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; (2) to improve school conditions for student learning; and (3) to improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
Students in foster care are one of the most vulnerable student subgroups within the state of Idaho. Requirements under Title I of ESEA, as amended by ESSA, highlight the need to provide educational stability for children in foster care. In order to meet these provisions, the Idaho State Department of Education and the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare collaborate to ensure that students in foster care have the opportunity to achieve at the same high level as their peers. ation.
For more information please contact The Bliss School District's POC, Emily Kamphaus or Tracy Dalin, District Homeless Liaison.
The purpose of Title II-A: Supporting Effective Instruction is to provide grants to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) and subgrants to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act provides economic assistance to address the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. This Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law March 27, 2020. The $2 trillion aid package provides financial aid in the form of direct payments to eligible taxpayers, expanded unemployment insurance, expanded lending for businesses and local governments, new loans and grants for small businesses, assistance to hospitals for ventilators and other equipment, and funding for state and local governments.