The Educator Effectiveness funds are specifically to be used for professional development, coaching, and support services, as outlined in Section 58 of Assembly Bill (AB) 104, Chapter 13, statutes of 2015 and amended by Section 8 of Senate Bill (SB) 103, Chapter 324, statutes of 2015. The Educator Effectiveness funding is available to county offices of education, school districts, charter schools (both direct and locally funded), and state special schools that reported full-time equivalent (FTE) certificated staff in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) for the 2014–15 fiscal year (FY).

The California Department of Education (CDE) will apportion funds to eligible LEAs in two installments. The first apportionment reflecting approximately 80 percent of each LEA’s entitlement was released in December 2015. Remaining funds were released in March 2016. Funding was distributed in an equal amount per certificated FTE as calculated by the Superintendent of Public Instruction using data submitted in CALPADS for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The 2015–16 calculated funding rate was approximately $1,466 per FTE. Funds may be expended anytime during the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 fiscal years. Any funds not expended by June 30, 2018 must be returned to the CDE.

As a condition of receiving Educator Effectiveness funds, a school district, county office of education, charter school, or state special school is required to:

  • Develop and adopt a plan delineating how the Educator Effectiveness funds will be spent. The plan must be explained in a public meeting of the governing board of the school district or county board of education, or governing body of the charter school, before its adoption in a subsequent public meeting. Recipients of Educator Effectiveness Funds do not have to submit their local plan to the CDE.
  • On or before July 1, 2018, report detailed expenditure information to the California Department of Education (CDE), including, but not limited to, specific purchases made and the number of teachers, administrators, or paraprofessional educators that received professional development.

AB 104, Section 58 and SB 103, Section 8 appropriate $490,000,000 for the Educator Effectiveness program in FY 2015–16. The funds can be used for the following purposes:

  • Beginning teacher and administrator support and mentoring, including, but not limited to, programs that support new teacher and administrator ability to teach or lead effectively and to meet induction requirements adopted by the CTC.
  • Professional development, coaching, and support services for teachers who have been identified as needing improvement or additional support by local educational agencies.
  • Professional development for teachers and administrators that is aligned to the state content standards.
  • To promote educator quality and effectiveness, including, but not limited to, training on mentoring and coaching certificated staff and training certificated staff to support effective teaching and learning

Per EC Section 41020, the Educator Effectiveness funds are subject to the annual audits. Auditors are required to determine whether the LEA developed and adopted a plan delineating how the funds will be spent and whether the plan was explained in a public meeting of the governing board, before its adoption in a subsequent public meeting. Auditors also need to verify the LEA is separately tracking the following items required to complete the final expenditure report (due July 2018)

    Number of teacher, administrators and paraprofessionals that receive professional development.

  • Eligible expenditures
  • For purposes of professional development for teachers and administrators that are aligned to the state content standards as provided by in (b)(1)(C) of Senate Bill 103, Section 8, the number of teachers and administrators for each of the content standards
  • An example of the required information for the final expenditure report can be found HERE.
    For more information about Educator Effectiveness may be accessed on the Educator Effectiveness Web page HERE.

    Written by Z. Yuan, CPA, Senior Accountant