As part of the new accountability requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the U.S. Department of Education is requiring LEAs to identify students who are armed forces family members. These students will be part of a new accountability subgroup.

These data are being collected as an Education Program in CALPADS in the Student Program (SPRG) File with an Education Program Code of 192 – Armed Forces Family Member. The Education Program Membership Start Date can be before or during the student’s enrollment at a school, and the program record does not have to be closed out annually; however, LEAs should reaffirm a student’s membership status at the beginning of every school year.