Regional System of District & School Support

RSDSS Program Overview


On December 10, 2015 President Barack Obama signed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized and updated the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Overall, the new law provides states more authority on standards, assessments, accountability, supports, and interventions while preserving the general structure of the ESEA funding formulas. Most of the new provisions do not take effect until the 2017- 2018 school year, making the 2016-2017 school year a transition year for local education agencies (LEAs).

California has just started the process of engaging our education community and stakeholders in the development of the ESEA State Plan, which becomes operational in the 2017-2018 school year. It is anticipated that the ESSA State Plan will be presented to the California State Board of Education (SBE) by January 2017. This Transition Plan outlines how California will facilitate an orderly transition during the 2016-2017 school year to fully implement ESSA in the 2017-2018 school year, when the ESSA State Plan becomes operational.

Planning Requirements for 2017–18

To ensure that federal planning requirements are aligned with, and supportive of, state and local planning efforts, the CDE, working in collaboration with local educational agency (LEA) representatives, has developed a Local Educational Agency Plan LCAP Addendum (LCAP Addendum) to supplement the LCAP. For the 2017–18 transition year, LEAs will meet state and federal planning requirements through the LCAP, the LCAP Addendum, and the Consolidated Application Reporting System (CARS).

  • All LEAs must submit certifications of the required ESSA assurances through CARS during the spring collection period.
  • LEAs scheduled for Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) during the 2017–18 school year will pilot the LCAP Addendum in 2017–18.
  • LEAs applying for Title III funds will pilot the Title III section of the LCAP Addendum in 2017–18.
  • LEAs not applying for Title III funds or scheduled for FPM during the 2017–18 school year are encouraged, but not required, to pilot the appropriate sections of the LCAP Addendum.

We anticipate that the LCAP Addendum will be made available in spring 2017. All LEAs applying for ESSA funding in 2018–19 will be required to complete the appropriate sections of the LCAP Addendum in concert with the 2018–19 LCAP review and update.