Title I, Part A - Improving Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

Title I, Part A – Improving Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

Published: 11/8/2019 12:30 PM

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), seeks to improve the academic achievement of the disadvantaged. Title I, Part A provides financial assistance through state educational agencies (SEAs) to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families to ensure that all children meet challenging state academic content and achievement standards.

​The district must use Title I funds only in schools that have been selected for services through allowable procedures. Funds are used to improve student achievement in high poverty schools. The Title I, Part A Handbook contains comprehensive information about all Title I requirements for districts and schools.

Input sought on proposed waiver to allow carryover funds to be spent on school improvement

(Frankfort, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking public comment on its request for a waiver (called a Tydings waiver) to use carryover federal funds rather than returning them to the federal government.

According to 34. C.F.R. 76.709, KDE must return to the federal government any federal grant monies not obligated by the end of the grant carryover period. KDE has approximately $8,035,362 carried over from Fiscal Year 2018 School Improvement 1003(a) funding and will be requesting a waiver period of three additional years to obligate the funds. This money is designated by the federal government to go directly to the Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools.

If the waiver is granted, the School Improvement 1003(a) funds will be used to support school improvement work in the recently identified CSI schools in Kentucky. These funds will be used to implement evidence-based practices in the CSI schools to build leadership capacity and sustainable improvement systems, and increase student achievement.

Any individual or organization may submit written comments on the proposed waiver through the close of business on Nov. 25.
Send written comments on the proposed waiver to: Kelly Foster, Kentucky Department of Education, 300 Sower Boulevard, Fifth Floor, Sower Building, Frankfort, KY 40601, or email her at Kelly.Foster@education.ky.gov.

Documents and Resources

The Title I, Part A Documents and Resources page features more information and tools to help run a successful Title I program, including:

  • General Resources
  • Budget and Financial Resources
  • Comparability Report Resources
  • District Coordinator Monthly Webinars
  • Equitable Services to Private School Students
  • Title I, Part A Newsletters
  • Parent and Family Engagement Resources

Jennifer Akin
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Consolidated Plans and Audits
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-3791 Ext. 4014
Fax (502) 564-8149

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