Economic Recovery and Reinvestment

Title I A Recovery Funds for Grants to Local Education Agencies

Program Description:
Title I is a federal entitlement program that provides funds to school districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children who are disadvantaged to support supplemental educational services. Its overall purpose is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments. The grant contains provisions for ensuring that children who are disadvantaged and enrolled in private schools also benefit from the academic enrichment services funded with Title I, Part A funds.

Late-Breaking Information:
Letter to districts - ARRA funds

Title I-ARRA Funds are available starting February 17, 2009 and must be obligated by September 30, 2011. The posted Title I-ARRA allocations represent the full amount available through September 2011. Districts will continue to access their Title I-A ARRA funds on the 2009-10 ESEA Consolidated Application (even in the 2010-11 school year).

Application Process:
The Title I ARRA application is included in the 2009-10 ESEA Consolidated Application and is available now.

Reporting:
Quarterly reports on expenditures of Title I-ARRA funds are required. Please refer to the ARRA Reporting website for details.

FAQ:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Guidance:
Title I-ARRA and ESEA Consolidated Application 2009-10
Using Title I, Part A ARRA Funds for Grants to Local Educational Agencies to Strengthen Education, Drive Reform, and Improve Results for Students (September 2, 2009)

PowerPoint: Title I American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)
PowerPoint: 2009-2010 ESEA Consolidated Application Requirements
Mediasite Presentation: Part 1 - Title I American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)
Mediasite Presentation: Part 2 - 2009-2010 ESEA Consolidated Application Requirements
Mediasite Presentation: Part 3 - 2009-2010 ESEA Consolidated Application Requirements (cont.)

Title I American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds and Title III: Serving English Language Learners
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Title I Supplement, not Supplant and ARRA Funds
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Obtaining Schoolwide Status and ARRA Funds
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Maintaining Rank Order with ARRA Funds
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GUIDELINES FOR UTILIZATION OF TITLE I-ARRA FUNDS:
Four principles guide the distribution and use of all ARRA funds:

  1. Spend funds quickly to save and create jobs.
  2. Improve student achievement through school improvement and reform.
    • Making progress toward rigorous college- and career-ready standards and high-quality assessments that are valid and reliable for all students, including English language learners and students with disabilities;
    • Establishing pre-K to college and career data systems that track progress and foster continuous improvement;
    • Making improvements in teacher effectiveness and in the equitable distribution of qualified teachers for all students, particularly students who are most in need;
    • Providing intensive support and effective interventions for the lowest-performing schools.
  3. Ensure transparency, reporting and accountability.
  4. Invest one-time funds thoughtfully to minimize the "funding cliff."

 

PROJECT EXAMPLES:
In the project examples below, the term "Targeted Assistance" means that Title I services are provided to a select group of children—those identified as failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the state's challenging academic achievement standards.

Schools with 40 percent poverty or greater may apply to be a "Schoolwide Program" which entitles them to serve all children in a school. All staff, resources, and classes are part of the overall Schoolwide program.

Funds must be used consistent with existing Title I guidelines. These funds should be invested in ways that do not result in unsustainable continuing commitments after the funding expires. The following are examples of potential uses of the Title I, Part A recovery funds that are allowable under Title I and consistent with ARRA principles:

  • SCHOOLWIDE: Establishing a system for identifying and training highly effective teachers to serve as instructional leaders in Title I schoolwide programs and modifying the school schedule to allow for collaboration among the instructional staff;
  • SCHOOL IN CORRECTIVE ACTION OR RESTRUCTURING STATUS: Establishing intensive, year-long teacher training for all teachers and the principal in a Title I elementary school in corrective action or restructuring status in order to train teachers to use a new reading curriculum that aggressively works on improving students' oral language skills and vocabulary or, in some other way, builds teachers' capacity to address academic achievement problems;
  • SCHOOLWIDE: Strengthen and expand early childhood education by providing resources to align a district-wide Title I pre-K program with state early learning standards and state content standards for grades K–3 and, if there is a plan for sustainability beyond 2010–11, expanding high-quality Title I pre-K programs to larger numbers of young children;
  • SCHOOLWIDE: Providing new opportunities for Title I schoolwide programs for secondary school students to use high-quality, online courseware as supplemental learning materials for meeting mathematics and science requirements;
  • SCHOOLWIDE: Using longitudinal data systems to drive continuous improvement efforts focused on improving achievement in Title I schools;
  • TARGETED ASSISTANCE: Providing professional development to teachers in Title I targeted assistance programs on the use of data to inform and improve instruction for Title I-eligible students;
  • TARGETED ASSISTANCE: Using reading or mathematics coaches to provide professional development to teachers in Title I targeted assistance programs;
  • TARGETED ASSISTANCE: Establishing or expanding fiscally sustainable extended learning opportunities for Title I-eligible students in targeted assistance programs, including activities provided before school, after school, during the summer, or over an extended school year.

Funding:
Wisconsin Funding: $147,729,443

Local Education Agency (LEA) Allocation: Final Title I-ARRA allocations and preliminary estimates for the regular Title I entitlements are available.

Title I-ARRA funds must be used consistent with existing Title I guidelines. The grant contains provisions for ensuring that children who are disadvantaged and enrolled in private schools also benefit from the academic enrichment services funded with Title I, Part A funds. LEAs that currently receive Title I funding and have 5% poverty or more (based on census poverty) will receive additional Title I Part A funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

 

Contacts:
State Contacts: Mary Kleusch, Director
Title I School Support Team
Department of Public Instruction
(608) 267-3163
  Rachael Bergstrom, Education Consultant
Title I School Support Team
Department of Public Instruction
(608) 266-2813
Title I-A District Consultants: Title I-A Consultants
Federal Contact Zollie Stevenson Jr., Ph.D., Director
Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs
(Title I, Parts A and D, Title III State Formula Grants and McKinney-Vento Homeless Program)
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
United States Department of Education
(202) 260-1824

Links and Resources:

For questions about this information, contact Title I and School Support Team (608) 267-3721