SEC. 4104.




Section Summary


ESSA Update

 ``(a) In General.--Each State that receives an allotment under
section 4103 for a fiscal year shall--
            ``(1) reserve not less than 95 percent of the allotment to
        make allocations to local educational agencies under section
            ``(2) reserve not more than 1 percent of the allotment for
        the administrative costs of carrying out its responsibilities
        under this subpart, including public reporting on how funds made
        available under this subpart are being expended by local
        educational agencies, including the degree to which the local
        educational agencies have made progress toward meeting the
        objectives and outcomes described in section 4106(e)(1)(E); and
            ``(3) use the amount made available to the State and not
        reserved under paragraphs (1) and (2) for activities described
        in subsection (b).

    ``(b) State Activities.--Each State that receives an allotment under
section 4103 shall use the funds available under subsection (a)(3) for
activities and programs designed to meet the purposes of this subpart, 
which may include--
            ``(1) providing monitoring of, and training, technical
        assistance, and capacity building to, local educational agencies
        that receive an allotment under section 4105;
            ``(2) identifying and eliminating State barriers to the
        coordination and integration of programs, initiatives, and
        funding streams that meet the purposes of this subpart, so that
        local educational agencies can better coordinate with other
        agencies, schools, and community-based services and programs; or

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            ``(3) supporting local educational agencies in providing
        programs and activities that--
                    ``(A) offer well-rounded educational experiences to
                all students, as described in section 4107, including
                female students, minority students, English learners, 
                children with disabilities, and low-income students who
                are often underrepresented in critical and enriching
                subjects, which may include--
                          ``(i) increasing student access to and
                      improving student engagement and achievement in--
                                    ``(I) high-quality courses in
                                science, technology, engineering, and
                                mathematics, including computer science;
                                    ``(II) activities and programs in
                                music and the arts;
                                    ``(III) foreign languages;
                                    ``(IV) accelerated learning programs
                                that provide--
                                            ``(aa) postsecondary level
                                        courses accepted for credit at
                                        institutions of higher
                                        education, including dual or
                                        concurrent enrollment programs, 
                                        and early college high schools; 
                                            ``(bb) postsecondary level
                                        instruction and examinations
                                        that are accepted for credit at
                                        institutions of higher
                                        education, including Advanced
                                        Placement and International
                                        Baccalaureate programs;
                                    ``(V) American history, civics, 
                                economics, geography, social studies, or
                                government education;
                                    ``(VI) environmental education; or
                                    ``(VII) other courses, activities, 
                                and programs or other experiences that
                                contribute to a well-rounded education; 
                          ``(ii) reimbursing low-income students to
                      cover part or all of the costs of accelerated
                      learning examination fees, as described in clause
                    ``(B) foster safe, healthy, supportive, and drug-
                free environments that support student academic
                achievement, as described in section 4108, which may
                          ``(i) coordinating with any local educational
                      agencies or consortia of such agencies
                      implementing a youth PROMISE plan to reduce
                      exclusionary discipline, as described in section
                          ``(ii) supporting local educational agencies
                                    ``(I) implement mental health
                                awareness training programs that are
                                evidence-based (to the extent the State
                                determines that such evidence is
                                reasonably available) to provide
                                education to school personnel regarding
                                resources available in the community for
                                students with mental illnesses and other
                                relevant resources relating to mental
                                health or the safe de-escalation of
                                crisis situations involving a student
                                with a mental illness; or
                                    ``(II) expand access to or
                                coordinate resources for school-based
                                counseling and mental health programs, 
                                such as through school-based mental
                                health services partnership programs;

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                          ``(iii) providing local educational agencies
                      with resources that are evidence-based (to the
                      extent the State determines that such evidence is
                      reasonably available) addressing ways to integrate
                      health and safety practices into school or
                      athletic programs; and
                          ``(iv) disseminating best practices and
                      evaluating program outcomes relating to any local
                      educational agency activities to promote student
                      safety and violence prevention through effective
                      communication as described in section
                      4108(5)(C)(iv); and
                    ``(C) increase access to personalized, rigorous
                learning experiences supported by technology by--
                          ``(i) providing technical assistance to local
                      educational agencies to improve the ability of
                      local educational agencies to--
                                    ``(I) identify and address
                                technology readiness needs, including
                                the types of technology infrastructure
                                and access available to the students
                                served by the local educational agency, 
                                including computer devices, access to
                                school libraries, Internet connectivity, 
                                operating systems, software, related
                                network infrastructure, and data
                                    ``(II) use technology, consistent
                                with the principles of universal design
                                for learning, to support the learning
                                needs of all students, including
                                children with disabilities and English
                                learners; and
                                    ``(III) build capacity for
                                principals, other school leaders, and
                                local educational agency administrators
                                to support teachers in using data and
                                technology to improve instruction and
                                personalize learning;
                          ``(ii) supporting schools in rural and remote
                      areas to expand access to high-quality digital
                      learning opportunities;
                          ``(iii) developing or using strategies that
                      are innovative or evidence-based (to the extent
                      the State determines that such evidence is
                      reasonably available) for the delivery of
                      specialized or rigorous academic courses and
                      curricula through the use of technology, including
                      digital learning technologies and assistive
                      technology, which may include increased access to
                      online dual or concurrent enrollment
                      opportunities, career and technical courses, and
                      programs leading to a recognized postsecondary
                      credential (as defined in section 3 of the
                      Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29
                      U.S.C. 3102));
                          ``(iv) disseminating promising practices
                      related to technology instruction, data security, 
                      and the acquisition and implementation of
                      technology tools and applications, including
                      through making such promising practices publicly
                      available on the website of the State educational
                          ``(v) providing teachers, paraprofessionals, 
                      school librarians and media personnel, specialized
                      instructional support personnel, and
                      administrators with the knowledge and skills to
                      use technology effectively, including effective
                      integration of technology, to improve

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                      instruction and student achievement, which may
                      include coordination with teacher, principal, and
                      other school leader preparation programs; and
                          ``(vi) making instructional content widely
                      available through open educational resources, 
                      which may include providing tools and processes to
                      support local educational agencies in making such
                      resources widely available.

    ``(c) Special Rule.--A State that receives a grant under this
subpart for fiscal year 2017 may use the amount made available to the
State and not reserved under paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (a) 
for such fiscal year to cover part or all of the fees for accelerated
learning examinations taken by low-income students during the 2016-2017
school year, in accordance with subsection (b)(3)(A)(ii).


Previously not included in NCLB.