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Title I, Part A School Student Counts

Title I, Part A school student counts are collected and reported by the local educational agency (LEA) on an annual basis.

The Title I, Part A School Student Counts is a data collection located in the winter release of the Consolidated Application Reporting System (CARS). The Title I, Part A School Student Counts data collection will be used by each local educational agency (LEA) to calculate eligibility and ranking for Title I, Part A school allocations.

The purpose of Title I, Part A school student counts is to report the LEA low-income measurement, student enrollment counts, and low-income student enrollment counts. The school student counts form contains pre-populated data elements including: school name, school code, lowest grade offered, highest grade offered, grade span group, total student enrollment counts, and eligible low-income students ages 5–17 counts.

The Title I, Part A School Student Counts data collection form is pre-populated with certified prior fiscal year (FY) data from the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) Fall 1 data submission/collection.

For the purposes of Title I, Part A school student counts, the LEA may use either prior year certified data or current year data. Records must be maintained to verify any revisions made to pre-populated data.

To obtain current FY data, run CALPADS Snapshot Report 1.17 to verify counts of total student enrollment (all students) and eligible low-income students ages 5−17 only.

IMPORTANT: The CALPADS Report 1.17 must be run twice to obtain each of the above data counts, as follows:

  • First: To obtain counts of total student enrollment (all students), and
  • Second: To obtain counts of eligible low-income students ages 5−17 only.
Please review the information provided below (under the sub-heading CALPADS Report 1.17) regarding how to obtain/verify accurate data when running CALPADS Report 1.17.

Low-Income Measurement for Student Counts

According to the Elementary Secondary Education Act as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Section 1113(a)(5)(A), the LEA shall use the same measure of poverty, which shall be one of the following:

  1. The number of children aged five through seventeen in poverty counted in the most recent census data approved by the Secretary.
  2. The number of children eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.).
  3. The number of children in families receiving assistance under the State program funded under Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act.
  4. The number of children eligible to receive medical assistance under the Medicaid Program.

or

  1. A composite of such indicators, with respect to all school attendance areas in the LEA:
    1. to identify eligible school attendance areas;
    2. to determine the ranking of each area; and
    3. to determine allocations under ESSA Section 1113(c).

Student Enrollment Counts

For the purposes of Title I, Part A school student counts, the LEA may use either prior FY certified data or current year data. Such eligible low-income student data shall be based on one of the five measurement methods specified in ESSA Section 1113(a)(5), as listed above. According to the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act Section 1758(b)(4-5), LEAs may determine homeless, foster, migratory, and direct certified students as eligible for free and reduced price lunches/meals (FRPM).

CALPADS Report 1.17

The LEA may choose to use current FY data to populate the CARS Title I, Part A School Student Counts data collection form.

To obtain current FY data from the CALPADS Snapshot Report 1.17, run the report twice and select a different age eligibility filter each time, as follows:

  • Log in to CALPADS
    • Select "Reports>""Snapshot Reports,"
    • Scroll to Fall 1 reports, and
    • Click on Report 1.17 − FRPM-English Learner-Foster Youth-Count.
    • To obtain/verify the total (student) enrollment count for each school within the LEA:
      • Run the Report 1.17 with the following filters set:
        • Status − "Revised Uncertified,"
        • Age Eligibility − "All (K−12, UE, US)," and
        • Click "View Report."
      • The total student enrollment for each school appears in the "Total Enrollment" column (which is located in the third column from the left).
    • To obtain/verify the count of eligible low-income students 5−17 for each school within the LEA:
      • Run the Report 1.17 with the following filter:
        • Age Eligibility − "Title I (5−17 year olds only)," and
        • Click "View Report."
      • The count for eligible low-income students ages 5−17 appears in the "Unduplicated Eligible Free/Reduced Meal Counts" column (which is located in the third column from the right).

The prior FY CALPADS Unduplicated Eligible Free/Reduced Meal Count data is located on the California Department of Education (CDE) Student Poverty Free or Reduced Price Meals Data web page.

Additional information is available on the CDE California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) web page.

Community Eligibility Provision

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a universal meal service option, as authorized by amendments made in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) Section 11(a)(1)(F), of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1)(F) are inclusive. Since the CEP is a program within the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.) pursuant to ESSA Section 1113(a)(5), LEAs may use CEP as a poverty measurement for students counts with the reminder that LEAs shall use the same measurement for all schools within the LEA.

For additional information, please contact the CDE Nutrition Services Division at 800-952-5609.

Resources

Title I, Part A LEA Allocations

Title I, Part A School Allocations

School Grade Span Group Assignment

Information regarding California's implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Text of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the ESSA External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; Updated 28-Jan-2020)

Local Educational Agency Identification and Selection of School Attendance Areas and Schools and Allocation of Title I Funds to Those Areas and Schools External link opens in new window or tab. (DOC)

Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS)

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