ESSA allows the use of Title I, Part A funds to provide career and technical education programs to prepare students for postsecondary education and the workforce.  This need must be identified through the comprehensive needs assessment and articulated in the campus plan.

ESSA Statute lists these requirements:

  • Each LEA plan shall describe, if determined appropriate, how such agency will support programs that support and integrate (1) academic and career and technical education content through coordinated instructional strategies, that may incorporate experiential learning opportunities and promote skills attainment important to in-demand occupations of industries in the State; and (2) work-based learning opportunities that provide students in-depth interaction with industry professionals and, if appropriate, academic credit - Section 1112
  • An eligible school operating a schoolwide program shall develop a comprehensive plan that includes a description of the strategies that the school will be implementing to address the needs of all students, but particularly the needs of those at risk of not meeting the challenging State academic standards, through activities which may include preparation for and awareness opportunities for postsecondary education and the workforce, and may include career and technical education programs and broadening secondary school students' access to coursework to earn postsecondary credit while still in high school - Section 1114
  • Each targeted assistance program under this section shall serve participating students identified as eligible children, including by, if appropriate and applicable, coordinating and integrating Federal, State, and local services and programs, such as programs supported under this Act...career and technical education programs - Section 1115

 

Resources

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