ESSA News - Federal Program Updates

July 21, 2021

ESSER III - Due Date July 27, 2021


Application Opened ~ April 29, 2021

Application Due Date ~ July 27, 2021

Fund Code ~ 282

Grant period - March 31, 2020 - September 30, 2023

(with carryover ~ September 30, 2024)

No offset of FSP

LEAs are not responsible for Equitable Services to Private/NP Schools

ESSER III Allocation Amounts by LEA

Here are some things to consider prior to completing your application.

ESSER III Program Guidelines

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

  • Must be posted on LEA website 30 days after receiving your NOGA.
  • Must seek public comment on the plan
  • Plan must be reviewed every 6 months and updated as applicable.

A previously developed plan meeting all the statutory requirements may meet this plan requirement. A direct web link to your LEA's plan on your district webpage will need to be included in the application as well as a brief description of the LEA's planning process on the use of funds.

Use of Funds Plan

  • Must be posted on the LEA website 30 days after receiving your NOGA.
  • Provided to public in an understandable and uniform format

Maintenance of Equity - More info to come

A minimum of 20% of your funding must be spent on learning loss:
  • Evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning, extended-day and comprehensive after-school programs, or extended school year programs; and
  • Ensure interventions respond to students' academic, social, and emotional needs and address disproportionate impact of coronavirus on student populations as defined in ESEA Tile I, Part A, students experiencing homelessness, and youth in foster care.

Public opportunity for input

ESEA SEC. 8306 Other General Assurances:...before the application was submitted, the applicant afforded a reasonable opportunity for public comment on the application and considered such comment.

  • Application
  • Evaluations
  • Program reports
  • Program plans

Ideas on how to collect public comment:

  1. Public school board meeting with agenda item - Intent to apply and a general description of how the allocation will be utilized.
  2. Newspaper
  3. LEA website under specific Public Notice tab

Please ensure you have and follow your local policy regarding public notice.


  • The ESSER II Application is now available in eGrants.
  • Application Opened - June 3, 2021
  • Application Due Date - September 2, 2021
  • Fund Code - 281
  • Grant period - March 13, 2020 - September 30, 2023 (carryover - September 30, 2023)
  • LEAs are not responsible for Equitable Services to Private/NP Schools.
  • Application training webinar will be available on the TEA website soon.
  • Please click on the button below for more information.
ESSER II Information

If you are an ACE district, your ACE consultant will be contacting you soon to schedule an appointment to assist you with your ESSER II Applications.

ESSER I, II and III Comparison Document

Take a look at this ESSER I, II and III side by side document to see a clear comparison between the three ESSER Funding categories.
ESSER I, II, & III Question Submission

Please utilize this SmartSheet to submit all questions regarding ESSER Funding

ESSER III Justification Form

Complete the form below to document activities funded with ESSER grant funds. The form is maintained locally and provided to TEA only upon request.

State Compensatory Education Submission Deadline Approaching - July 31, 2021

Click on the link below if your district receives $750,000 or more in SCE funding

EDGAR Updates - LEA action required by July 1, 2021

In November 2020, the federal Office of Management and Budget issued revised Uniform Grant Guidance updates that are incorporated into the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) of the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). The new grant regulation changes are generally effective with new USDE Grant Awards to the state on or after November 12, 2020, such as the ESSER II, ESSER III, and July 1 awards of other federal grants. There are several key changes that may impact LEA federal grant awards.

TEA Statewide Training

TEA has announced their upcoming training series.

Click here for registration info!

Topics include:

  • 2020-2021 ESSA Consolidated Compliance Report Training
  • 2021-2022 ESSA Consolidated Application Training
  • Collaborative Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CCNA) – Overview and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Comparability, Indirect Cost Rates & General Updates
  • How to Avoid Audit Findings
  • Private School Equitable Services Program Overview
  • Title I, Part A (Improving Basic Programs) – Program Overview; Use of Funds; and Within-LEA Allocations & 2021-2022 SC5000 Title I, Part A Campus Selection Schedule
  • Title I, Part C (Education of Migratory Children) - Program Overview and Maximizing Service Coordination and Collaboration for Migratory Children
  • Title I, Part D Subpart 2 (Prevention and Intervention for Delinquent, Neglected, and At-Risk Youth) - Program Overview
  • Title II, Part A (Supporting Effective Instruction) - Program Overview and Hot Topics
  • Title IV, Part A (Student Support and Academic Enrichment) - Program Overview and Allowable Activities and Use of Funds
  • Title V, Part B (Rural Education Initiative or REAP) - Program Overview

Title IV, Part A Updates

  • Title IVA Funds, 2021-2022
    • Currently, there are no approved Title IV, Part A waivers for next year.
    • Therefore, LEAs should plan to meet all Title IVA content area minimums and needs assessment requirements (if the allocation is greater than $30K) and adhere to the 15% technology infrastructure limit in 2021-2022.
    • See the TEA Title IVA Program Guide for more details.

  • Required Title IVA Stakeholders
    • During the design and development of the Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1 program, an LEA or consortium of LEAs must engage in consultation with stakeholders in the area served by the LEA. (ESEA section 4106(c)(1).
    • Regardless of allocation amount, LEAs must document the inclusion of all Title IV, Part A required stakeholders in the planning process before making LEA program decisions for 2021-2022 on the ESSA Consolidated Application.
    • See the TEA Title IVA Program Guide for more details.

20-21 ESSA Consolidated Compliance Report will be available July 30, 2021. If you are an ACE district, your consultant will be contacting you soon to schedule an appointment to assist with this important submission.

ESSA Waiver Requests to USDE

ESSA Waiver Requests to USDE

  1. Title I, Part A Carryover: To allow fiscal year (FY) 2021 Title I, Part A funds (i.e., the Title I, Part A funds that will become carryover funds on October 1, 2021) to exceed the 15% statutory limitation.
  2. Period of Availability: To extend the period of availability of FY 2020 funds (i.e., the funds that would expire September 30, 2021) for 12 additional months for the programs included below:
    • a. Title I, Part A, including Section 1003 school improvement, Section 1003A direct student services, if applicable, and Title I, Part D, Subpart 2
    • b. Title I, Part B
    • c. Title I, Part C
    • d. Title I, Part D, Subpart 1
    • e. Title II, Part A
    • f. Title III, Part A
    • g. Title IV, Part A
    • h. Title IV, Part B
    • i. Title V, Part B, Subpart 2
  3. Professional Development: To include virtual training in the definition of professional development allowable under ESSA programs for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years.

Note: The authority available to TEA to request these waivers exists only under the ESSA statute. There is no corresponding waiver authority for IDEA or Perkins CTE programs.

Please submit any comments on these proposed waivers electronically by 5:00 p.m., June 30, 2021, to be included in the state’s waiver application to USDE.

Grant Resources

In order to help schools implement compliant programs, TEA has published frequently asked questions for various program areas. They plan to update these monthly. For your convenience, we have compiled them here.

Title I-A FAQ (2/26/21)

Title II-A FAQ (2/26/21)

Title IV-A FAQ (2/26/21)

ESSA Private NonProfit Equitable Services FAQ (2/26/21)

CARES Act Equitable Services FAQ (12/3/20)

Equitable Services TEA Webpage

Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQ for Prior Purchase Reimbursement Program (PPRP) (1/11/21)

Parent & Family Engagement Updates

Mark your calendars for the 2021 PFE Conference!
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2021-2022 Parent & Family Engagement Compliance Calendar

Save the Date!

Mark Your Calendars for the Parent & Family Engagement Cluster Meeting October 19th & 20th here at the Region 17 ESC! More info will be coming soon but feel free to go ahead and register by clicking on the box below.

eGrants are moving to Google Chrome!

Beginning April 15, 2021, eGrant users will need to access Google Chrome in order to have optimal functionality. Please do not access Internet Explorer for eGrants operations any longer as some functions are no longer available using this browser.

ACE Resources

Please click on the links below to take you to our updated ACE page and other helpful resources.