ESSA State Implementation Toolkit

As you know, the December 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act included, for the first time, several provisions for students in foster care. Most of these provisions went into effect December 10, 2016. Over the past year, the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education has worked with a number of jurisdictions on implementation of this important law. Based on this work, we are pleased to present the ESSA State Implementation Toolkit, which is a series of adaptable tools and resources for states and counties in supporting the school stability and success of students in foster care. The toolkit includes: 

  *   A basic Question and Answer factsheet about the foster care provisions of ESSA

  *   A short summary of the detailed joint guidance issued from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services related to the foster care provisions of the law

  *   Two checklists to support child welfare and education agencies in understanding their roles and responsibilities around implementation

  *   A Model MOU that can be adapted by state child welfare and education agencies to implement the law

  *   Sample Guidance from a State Department of Education to Local Education Agencies about the law

  *   A basic Question and Answer factsheet about Points of Contact in child welfare and education agencies to support students in foster care

  *   A checklist of considerations, including sample forms, for making best interest determinations to support stability

  *   A guide about creating transportation plans between Local Education Agencies and child welfare agencies, with corresponding sample templates

  *   An appendix with relevant federal child welfare and education laws and guidance

As always, we encourage you to reach out to us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> and let us know about implementation in your state. What are the challenges? What is working? Who is involved? How can we help to promote your strategies and solutions? Please share with us tools you have developed, or any policies or plans that have been put into place.

And, please let us know how you may need further assistance to support your work in the future.

 

Kathleen McNaught

Assistant Director, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

1050 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 400

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 662-1966

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