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Title I, Part A

Title I, Part A federal funds help to meet the educational needs of students in California schools.
Important Notice

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorizing the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the 2001 reauthorization of ESEA. The ESSA takes effect beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

We are in the process of reviewing and updating this Web page. For more information, please visit the ESSA Web page for information regarding California’s plan to implement the federal ESSA.

Funds are used to support effective, research-based educational strategies that close the achievement gap and enable the students to meet the state's challenging academic standards.
Title I-funded schools are either targeted assistance schools or schoolwide program schools.

Academic Achievement Awards
The program identifies and recognizes Title I schools with demonstrated success in significantly closing the achievement gap between high- and low-performing students.

California Practitioners Advisory Group (CPAG)
The CPAG advises the State Board of Education and the California Department of Education (CDE) on Title I, Part A issues.

California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

Comparability Documents

Equitable Services Ombudsman

Equitable Services for Title I Students
Title I requires that an LEA provides eligible private school children with Title I educational services that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school children.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Information regarding California's plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Fiscal Information
Information is provided about Title I entitlements, socioeconomic data, and teacher loan cancellation benefits.

  • Allocating Title I Funds to Schools External link opens in new window or tab. (DOC)
    Information about how Local Educational Agencies (LEA's) identify eligible Title I schools and allocate funds to those schools.
  • Carryover and Waiver Information
    Section 1127 of No Child Left Behind, Title I, Part A allows local educational agencies (LEAs) to carry over up to 15 percent of their allocations for any fiscal year. If the carryover amount exceeds 15 percent, an LEA may file a request with the CDE to waive that limit.
  • Title I Fiscal Guidance External link opens in new window or tab. (DOC)

Guidance, Regulations, and Policy Letters from the U.S. Department of Education on Title I, Part A External link opens in new window or tab.
Policy letters; NCLB legislation and regulations; and policy guidance on supplemental services, school and LEA Program Improvement, school choice, preschool, allocation of Title I funds to schools, and other elementary and secondary education issues are available at the USDE Web site.

Homeless Education
Guidance, information, and assistance to ensure educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness are provided.

Innovative Programs External link opens in new window or tab.
The Title V Innovative Programs assist local education reform efforts that are consistent with and support statewide reform efforts. They also support state and local efforts to implement promising educational reform programs.

Local Educational Agency Plan
The LEA Plan is required of all LEAs in California that receive funds under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.

Neglected Reservation
Title I, Part A allocation for services to students who reside in eligible institutions for neglected children within the LEA boundaries.

Parent and Family Engagement - Title I
Information related to implementation of programs, activities and procedures for the engagement of parents and family members of Title I students.

Preschool Programs
Use of Title I, Part A funds for preschool programs.

Prevention and Intervention Programs for Neglected Children and Youth
Children in a local institution for neglected children and youth or who are attending a community day program for such children are eligible for Title I, Part A services.

Program Improvement (PI)
All schools and LEAs that do not make Adequate Yearly Progress are identified for Program Improvement under No Child Left Behind. Program Improvement schools and LEAs must implement required program components and interventions. The requirements of Years One through five for schools and Years One through three for LEAs are explained.

School Choice
LEAs may elect to offer the Choice program to new students enrolled in schools.

Schoolwide Programs (SWP)
To become a SWP school, Title I schools must develop a comprehensive plan that describes how the school will be improved academically so that all students attain proficiency on the state's academic content standards, especially those students farthest away from demonstrating proficiency. Eligible schools are those in which at least 40 percent of the children in the school attendance area are from low-income families.

Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)
Each School that receives funds through the Consolidated Applications (ConApp) for federal and state categorical programs such as Title I, Part A must ensure a Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) is developed, approved, reviewed, and evaluated at least annually by the school site council (SSC).

State and Federal Program Directors Meetings
Technical assistance for local education agencies pertaining to state and federal programs.

Targeted Assistance Schools (TAS)
Title I, Part A funds may be used in TAS only for programs that provide services to children eligible to receive Title I services. These children have been identified by the school as failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the state's academic content standards.

Technical Assistance
The California Department of Education, collaborates with the Comprehensive Assistance Centers (CAC) and the Regional School Support and Improvement Centers (RSSIC/S4) to provide Title I technical assistance.

Title I Conference Information

Waiver Information
The LEA waiver application and resources for waiver requests pertaining to statutory and regulatory requirements of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Questions: Title I Policy and Program Guidance | | 916-319-0917 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Recently Posted in Title I
  • State and Federal Programs Director Meetings (added 18-Jul-2017)
    Information about the State and Federal Programs Director Meetings.
  • Equitable Services Ombudsman (added 18-Jul-2017)
    Title I, Part A and Title VIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act.
  • Title I, Part A Neglected Reservation (added 18-Jul-2017)
    Information related to local educational agencies who shall reserve funds as necessary to provide comparable services to children.
  • Title I, Part A Waivers (added 18-Jul-2017)
    Waiver information pertaining to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and California Education Code (EC).