Byron's Babbles

ESSA Opportunity #5: New Direct Student Services


My fifth entry of the top 10 opportunities that Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) deals with the new direct student services provision. States may reserve up to 3% of their Title I, Part A grant to provide grants to school districts for direct student services. States must prioritize districts serving the highest percentage of schools identified for comprehensive and targeted support and improvement.

Activities must include:

  • Enrollment in courses not available at a student’s school
  • Credit recovery and acceleration courses
  • Activities that assist students in completing postsecondary credit
  • Components of a personalized learning approach
  • Transportation for students who wish to switch schools



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