Title IV Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE)
What is Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)?
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015. It reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). ESSA, Title IV, Part A Statute.
What is Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE)?
The purpose of Student Support and Academic Enrichment is to improve student academic achievement by increasing the capacity of state and local educational agencies in the following areas by:
providing all students with access to a well-rounded education,
improving school conditions for student learnings to support safe and healthy students, and
improving the use of technology in order to advance digital literacy of all students.
Florida Department of Education's (FDOE) Role
FDOE manages the federal mandated funds, approves sub-grants to LEAs, and supports the services and activities developed with the allocated funds.
FDOE is responsible for ensuring equitable access to an excellent education for all Florida students through the Title IV-Part A program.
FDOE awards sub-grants to school districts by formula in the same proportion to their prior year districts Title I, Part A allocations.
FDOE is responsible for developing the application that school districts must submit to receive their Title IV-Part A funds.
School Districts Requirements
School Districts must complete and submit the FDOE Request for Application (RFA) to receive their program allocation from FDOE.
Districts must provide equitable services for private schools.
Districts receiving $30,000 or MoreMUST:
Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment that includes, at a minimum, a focus on three content areas:
Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities;
Safe and Healthy Conditions; and
Effective Use of Technology
Districts receiving less than $30,000:
Comprehensive needs assessment is not required
Only required to focus on one of the component areas: well-rounded, safe and healthy, and technology.
Districts receiving $30,000 or More must use:
At least 20 percent of funds for activities to support well-rounded educational opportunities;
At least 20 percent of funds for activities to support safe and healthy students; and
A portion of funds for activities to support effective use of technology.
A Special Rule to support the effective use of technology component:
No more than 15 percent of technology funds may be used to purchase technology infrastructure such as: devices, equipment, software applications, platforms, digital instructional resources and/or other one-time IT purchases.
Michelle L. Gaines, Director
Title IV - Part A
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
USF Student Support and Academic Enrichment Project
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 444D
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400