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Title I: Improving Academic Achievement

Helps disadvantaged students meet state academic content and performance standards.

The Title I program is a federally funded program authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The State Educational Agency (SEA) shall award grants to geographically diverse local educational agencies (LEAs). In making such awards, the SEA shall prioritize awards to LEAs serving the highest percentage of schools identified by the State for comprehensive support and improvement or implementing targeted support and improvement plans. The purpose is to ensure all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach minimum proficiency.

Title I, Part A | Title I, Part B | Title I, Part C | Title I, Part D | Title I, Part E | Title I, Part F

Title I, Part A – Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies

The purpose of Title I, Part A is to improve basic programs operated by LEAs by consulting with teachers, principals, pupil services personnel, administrators, other staff, and parents; and coordinating with other programs under this Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.), the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998, the Head Start Act, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Title I, Part B – State Assessment Grants

The purpose of Title I, Part B is to allow states to pay the costs of the development of the State assessments and standards adopted under the ESSA Section 1111(b) and administer those assessments or to carry out other assessment activities pursuant to ESSA Section 1201. The complete text of the ESSA External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) is located on the U.S. Department of Education Web page. Each LEA, or consortium of LEAs, seeking a subgrant under this subsection shall submit an application to the State at such time, in such manner, and containing such other information as determined necessary by the State. The application shall include a description of the agency’s or consortium’s needs relating to the improvement of assessment quality, use, and alignment. The Assessment Development & Administration Division manages the development and administration for all Statewide assessments.

Title I, Part C — Education of Migratory Children

The purpose of Title I, Part C is to assist States in supporting high-quality and comprehensive educational programs and services during the school year and, as applicable during summer or intersession periods, that address the unique needs of migratory children; to ensure that migratory children who move among the States are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the States in curriculum, graduation requirements, and challenging State academic standards; to ensure that migratory children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet; the help migratory children overcome education disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to succeed in school; to help migratory children benefit from State and local systemic reforms. The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is a federally funded program authorized by Title I, Part C of the ESEA, as reauthorized by the ESSA. The purpose of the Migrant Education Program (MEP) is to assist in supporting high-quality and comprehensive educational programs and services for migratory children during and beyond the school year and to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves.

Title I, Part D – Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who are Neglected, and Delinquent, or At-Risk

The purpose of Title I, Part D is to improve educational services for children and youth in local and throughout state institutions for neglected or delinquent children and youth so that such children and youth have the opportunity to meet the same challenging state academic content standards and challenging state student academic achievement standards that all children in the State are expected to meet.

Title I, Part E – Flexibility for Equitable Per-Pupil Funding

The purpose of Title I, Part E is to provide LEAs with flexibility to consolidate eligible Federal funds and State and local education funding in order to create a single school funding system based on weighted per-pupil allocations for low-income and otherwise disadvantaged students. Title I, Part E is a pilot program that allows the U.S. Department of Education to work directly with LEAs to create “flexible funding” programs where federal, State, and local money is distributed on a per-pupil basis. The complete text of the ESSA External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) is located on the U.S. Department of Education Web page.

Title I, Part F – General Provisions

The purpose of Title I, Part F is to provide general provisions required of each SEA that receives Title I funds, to include creating a State committee of practitioners to advise the State in carrying out its responsibilities under Title I. The California Practitioners Advisory Group (CPAG) will provide input to the SBE regarding ongoing efforts to establish a single coherent local, state, and federal accountability system. The advisory committee will also serve as the state’s committee of practitioners under Title I requirements. The committee will also review any State rules and regulations relating to Title I of the ESEA, as reauthorized by the ESSA, in order to advise the State in carrying out its Title I responsibilities.

Resources

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Text of the ESEA as reauthorized by the ESSA (October 24, 2017) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Schoolwide Programs

Questions:   Title I Policy & Program Guidance Office | TitleI@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0917
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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