Legislation & Guidance
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title I, Part A; 20 U.S.C. 6301-6339, 6571-6578
Sec. 1001. Purpose.
Sec. 1111(g)(1)(E). Educational stability provisions—SEA requirements.
Sec. 1112(c)(5). Educational stability provisions—LEA requirements.
Sec. 1111(h)(1)(C)(ii)-(iii). Annual State report card requirements.
Educational Stability for Students in Foster Care
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly released non-regulatory guidance, describing the educational stability provisions for students in foster care housed in Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Following the release of the guidance, ED and HHS facilitated a five-part webinar series to unpack the guidance with grantees; materials from the five-part webinar series are available on the “Resources” page.
- Non-Regulatory Guidance: Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care (June 23, 2016)
- Dear Colleague Letter on Foster Care Guidance (June 23, 2016)
- Dear Colleague Letter on Foster Care Timelines (June 23, 2016)
- Dear Colleague Letter on Implementation of Educational Stability Requirements (December 5, 2016)
Data & Information Sharing
The Uninterrupted Scholars Act amended the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to provide State and local child welfare agencies access to specific information that is maintained by educational agencies. ED released guidance to guide educational agencies, child welfare agencies, and other interested parties in the implementation of the Uninterrupted Scholars Act amendments to FERPA.
- Guidance on the Amendments to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act by the Uninterrupted Scholars Act (May 27, 2014)
- Letter to Chief State School Officers and State Child Welfare Directors on the Uninterrupted Scholars Act (April 24, 2013)