2023-24 Foundation Aid Increase Survey

2023-24 School District Foundation Aid Increase Surveys

2022-23 State Budget Reporting and Foundation Aid Increase Surveys

Education Law Changes in the 2022-23 Enacted State Budget Requiring District Submission of Plans to Address Student Performance and Need



Section 10-d of part A of chapter 56 of the laws of 2021, as amended by §5-b of part A of chapter 56 of the laws of 2022, requires school districts receiving a foundation aid increase of more than 10% or $10,000,000 to create plans on how these funds will be used to address student performance and need. These plans are required in advance of the 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 school years. This is the final year that this requirement is in effect. Plans for the 2023-24 school year must be completed, submitted to New York State Education Department (NYSED), and posted to district websites by July 1, 2023. Full statutory language is included below. Each district subject to this requirement is required to:

  • Seek public comment from parents, teachers, and other stakeholders
  • Take public comments into account in the development of the plan
  • Include an analysis of public comments within the plan
  • Describe in the plan how the foundation aid increase will be used, including portions of the increase used to address priority areas
  • Post the plan on the district website
  • Submit the plan to NYSED in a form prescribed by NYSED to be posted publicly

This requirement does not replace any requirements under Contracts for Excellence. If your district is required to submit a contract for excellence, more information is available at this page.

To address these requirements, NYSED will be posting a “Foundation Aid Increase Survey” in the Business Portal.  The survey will be accessed in the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System. To view the questions and format of the Foundation Aid Increase Survey - Click here. Please be advised that we cannot accept paper submissions of the survey, it must be completed in the SEDMON system.

The list of school districts required to submit a plan aligned with the increase in foundation aid are included in this memo. It should be noted that this requirement does not obligate districts to spend additional foundation aid funds in specific ways, but does require districts to seek public comment and share plans on how they intend to spend these additional funds. Plans are required to cover ONLY the foundation aid increase. The plan should NOT cover how the district intends to use its entire foundation aid amount.

Districts Required to Completed Foundation Aid Plans

Plans for the 2023-24 school year must be submitted by July 1, 2023.

Plan Submission Process and Timeframe

School districts and other LEAs will be required to submit their plans via a survey that will be published in the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System. You will need to complete the following steps to access the survey:

1. Go to the Business Portal http://portal.nysed.gov

2. Click on the "Log In" button

3. Enter your username and password

4. Click on "SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System" under My Applications

5. Select "View Surveys for the Office of ESSA-Funded Programs"

6. Find the survey titled "Foundation Aid Increase Survey "

7. Click on 'view' to begin/continue to input information

If you have questions around the Foundation Aid plan, please reach out to ssftf@nysed.gov.    

Statutory language

§5-b of Part A of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2022

For the 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, each school district receiving a foundation aid increase of more than: (i) ten percent; or (ii) ten million dollars in a school year shall, on or before July 1 of each school year, post to the district's website a plan by school year of how such funds will be used to address student performance and need, including but not limited to:

(i) increasing graduation rates and eliminating the achievement gap;

(ii) reducing class sizes;

(iii) providing supports for students who are not meeting, or at risk of not meeting, state learning standards in core academic subject areas;

(iv) addressing student social-emotional health;

(v) providing adequate resources to English language learners, students with disabilities; and students experiencing homelessness;

(vi) goals and ratios for pupil support; and

(vii) detailed summaries of investments in current year initiatives and balance funds spent in priority areas.

Prior to posting such plan, each school district shall seek public comment from parents, teachers and other stakeholders on the plan, take such comments into account in the development of the plan, and include an analysis of the public comments within the plan.

The district shall submit such plan to the state education department in a form prescribed by the department, and the department shall post all collected plans on its website.

Last Updated: October 3, 2023