SEC. 4107




Section Summary


ESSA Update

``(a) In General.--Subject to section 4106(f), each local

educational agency, or consortium of such agencies, that receives an

allocation under section 4105(a) shall use a portion of such funds to

develop and implement programs and activities that support access to a

well-rounded education and that--

``(1) are coordinated with other schools and community-based

services and programs;

``(2) may be conducted in partnership with an institution of

higher education, business, nonprofit organization, community-

based organization, or other public or private entity with a

demonstrated record of success in implementing activities under

this section; and

``(3) may include programs and activities, such as--

``(A) college and career guidance and counseling

programs, such as--

``(i) postsecondary education and career

awareness and exploration activities;

``(ii) training counselors to effectively use

labor market information in assisting students

with postsecondary education and career planning;


``(iii) financial literacy and Federal

financial aid awareness activities;

``(B) programs and activities that use music and the

arts as tools to support student success through the

promotion of constructive student engagement, problem

solving, and conflict resolution;

``(C) programming and activities to improve

instruction and student engagement in science,

technology, engineering, and mathematics, including

computer science, (referred to in this section as `STEM

subjects') such as--

``(i) increasing access for students through

grade 12 who are members of groups

underrepresented in such subject fields, such as

female students, minority students, English

learners, children with disabilities, and

economically disadvantaged students, to high-

quality courses;

``(ii) supporting the participation of low-

income students in nonprofit competitions related

to STEM subjects (such as robotics, science

research, invention, mathematics, computer

science, and technology competitions);

``(iii) providing hands-on learning and

exposure to science, technology, engineering, and

mathematics and supporting the use of field-based

or service learning to enhance the students'

understanding of the STEM subjects;

``(iv) supporting the creation and enhancement

of STEM-focused specialty schools;

``(v) facilitating collaboration among school,

after-school program, and informal program

personnel to

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improve the integration of programming and

instruction in the identified subjects; and

``(vi) integrating other academic subjects,

including the arts, into STEM subject programs to

increase participation in STEM subjects, improve

attainment of skills related to STEM subjects, and

promote well-rounded education;

``(D) efforts to raise student academic achievement

through accelerated learning programs described in

section 4104(b)(3)(A)(i)(IV), such as--

``(i) reimbursing low-income students to cover

part or all of the costs of accelerated learning

examination fees, if the low-income students are

enrolled in accelerated learning courses and plan

to take accelerated learning examinations; or

``(ii) increasing the availability of, and

enrollment in, accelerated learning courses,

accelerated learning examinations, dual or

concurrent enrollment programs, and early college

high school courses;

``(E) activities to promote the development,

implementation, and strengthening of programs to teach

traditional American history, civics, economics,

geography, or government education;

``(F) foreign language instruction;

``(G) environmental education;

``(H) programs and activities that promote

volunteerism and community involvement;

``(I) programs and activities that support

educational programs that integrate multiple

disciplines, such as programs that combine arts and

mathematics; or

``(J) other activities and programs to support

student access to, and success in, a variety of well-

rounded education experiences.

``(b) Special Rule.--A local educational agency, or consortium of

such agencies, that receives a subgrant under this subpart for fiscal

year 2017 may use such funds 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 (a)(3)(D).


Previously not included in NCLB.