ESSA Programs


ESSA is the largest component under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal education-funded elementary and secondary schools program.

Since 1965, the ESSA program provides supplemental education services so that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education. Service provision is a collaborative effort by ESSA instructional personnel, classroom teachers, school administration an parents to give your child more individual attention in the areas of Math and Reading.

How Are Private School Programs Selected?

In Chicago, schools who express an interest in a ESSA program must submit a notice of intent and a report detailing their number of eligible students.

How Are Students Selected?

Students in grades K-2 are selected by teacher judgments, parent interviews and developmentally-appropriate measures.

Students in grades 3-12 are selected for supplementary instruction through ESSA based on multiple objective criteria. All students must live in a ESSA area. ESSA status is determined by high poverty areas public schools. The performance on a standardized test or other assessment tool is also used. Eligibility is determined by a score of 50% or less. In cases where test scores are not available, a CPS analyst will work with the school to obtain proof of academic need.

If the number of students eligible for ESSA services is greater than can be served by the ESSA staff, students with the greatest need are served first.

Are Parents Required To Participate?

Parent involvement is key to students’ academic success. Research has proved that increased parent involvement positively effects students’ academic performance.

A meeting before the first marking period should take place in your school. At this time you will receive information about the ESSA program in your school. You are strongly encouraged to communicate with your child’s ESSA teacher should you have any questions or concerns.

Funds are allocated each year to encourage parent involvement. The funds may be used to pay for speakers, workshops or to purchase material for home use.

What Else Does ESSA Offer?

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Opportunities and training are offered to teachers who serve ESSA students including classroom teachers to enhance their current knowledge and skills to help the ESSA student improve academically.

ACADEMIC COUNSELING Your child may benefit from additional support by academic counselors who can help with issues such as test anxiety, organizational skills, etc.

FINE ARTS Funding permitting, fine arts activities that supplement the ESSA learning experience may also be provided.