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Student Opportunity Act (SOA) Plans

SOA Plan Deadline: Commissioner Riley has extended the deadline for school districts and charter schools to submit Student Opportunity Act (SOA) plans to Friday, January 15, 2021.

The Student Opportunity Act (SOA) implements the recommendations of the 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission and includes other provisions to benefit our public schools.

As part of the SOA, districts are required to submit three-year, evidence-based plans aimed at closing persistent disparities in achievement among student subgroups. Application guidance, samples, and templates are located below.

Districts expected to receive less than $1.5 million in incremental Chapter 70 funds in FY21 will fill out a "short form" template. Districts expected to receive over $1.5 million in incremental Chapter 70 funds in FY21 will fill out a "long form" template that will require additional information, particularly concerning their budgets.

We are asking for short, succinct plan documents, even for districts using the long form.

Guidance Materials and Plan Template

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Data Advisory Commission Meeting, Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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FY2021 Chapter 70 Aid and Net School Spending Requirements
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Evidence Based Program Examples
Download Word Document
FAQ for SOA Plans
Download PowerPoint Presentation
Student Opportunity Act Webinar — Short Form
Watch YouTube Video
Webinar Recording
Download PowerPoint Presentation
Student Opportunity Act Webinar — Long Form
Watch YouTube Video
Webinar Recording
Download PDF Document
Student Opportunity Plans — Short Form Guidance
Download PDF Document
Student Opportunity Plans — Long Form Guidance
Download Excel Document
Sample Long Form SOA Programs Budget
Download Excel Document
Long Form SOA Programs File
Download Excel Document
Long Form Recommended SOA Programs Budget — Chapter 70

Last Updated: May 18, 2021

 
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