Welcome to Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)

Overview

The Title I, Part A program provides financial assistance each year to LEAs and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all students have equitable opportunities to meet challenging state academic standards. Funds are used to provide supplemental educational services and resources to meet the needs of economically and educationally disadvantaged students.

Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): A Program and Fiscal Handbook

Legislation

Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs (Title I, Part A)
United States Department of Education

Schoolwide Title I Programs

Title I schools that serve percentages of students from low-income families of 40 percent or more may use Title I funds, along with other Federal, State, and local funds, to operate a "schoolwide Title I program" to enhance the instructional program for the whole school. Schoolwide Title I programs must use evidence-based instructional strategies and implement parental involvement activities.

Title I, Part A Schoolwide Plan Template Purpose and Directions

Targeted Assistance Title I Programs

Title I schools with less than the 40 percent schoolwide low-income threshold or that choose not to operate a schoolwide program may offer a "targeted assistance Title I program" in which the school identifies students who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the State's challenging academic achievement standards. Targeted assistance schools design an instructional program to meet the needs of those students. Schools that operate targeted assistance Title I programs must use evidence-based instructional strategies and implement parental involvement activities.

Targeted Assistance and Schoolwide Schools: What is the Difference?

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title I Targeted Assistance School Program Approval Checklist

Title I Goals

  1. Assist students in achieving academic success
  2. Increase student performance in high poverty schools through continuous schoolwide improvement
  3. Provide high-quality family and parent engagement opportunities to assist parents in helping their students succeed

Utah Title I Schools

2017-2018

2016-2017

2015-2016

Contacts

Dr. Rebecca Donaldson
Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7869 | E-mail

Becky Peters
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7712 | E-mail

Sandra Grant
Education Specialist
Monitoring and Compliance 
Phone: (801) 538-7844 | E-mail

Val Murdock
Education Specialist
Monitoring and Compliance, Loan Forgiveness
Phone: (801) 538-7975 | E-mail

Renee Medina
Office Specialist
Loan Forgiveness Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7704 | E-mail

Committee of Practitioners

 

Contacts

Dr. Rebecca Donaldson
Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7869 | E-mail

Becky Peters
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7712 | E-mail

Title I Directors

2018

March 1
Spring Meeting
Agenda | YouTube

Presentations:

Handouts:

2017

November 1
Fall Meeting

Agenda | Presentation

Blending and Braiding: Funds and Resources

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Title I School Improvement

Handouts:

September 18
New Directors Meeting

Agenda | Presentation | YouTube

Handouts:

June 16
Spring Meeting

Agenda | YouTube

Handouts:

2016

November 16
Fall Meeting

Agenda | Presentation

Handouts:

March 29
Spring Meeting

Agenda | Presentation

ESSA: Key Provisions and Changes from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Orderly Transition

Handouts:

2015

October 30
Agenda | Presentation

Resources:

September 29
New Directors Meeting

Presentation

April 23
Spring Meeting

Agenda

Presentations:

Resources:

Breakout Session: ELA for English Learners (ELs):

Breakout Session: Mathematics for ELs:

Breakout Session: Science for ELs:

Contacts

Dr. Rebecca Donaldson
Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7869 | E-mail

Becky Peters
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7712 | E-mail

Equitable Services

Under Title I Section 1117 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as currently amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), LEAs are required to provide equitable services to eligible private school students, their teachers, and their parents if they attend private non-profit schools that choose to participate in the Title I, Part A program.

Additional ESEA programs are required to provide equitable services under the Uniform Provisions found in Title VIII Sections 8501-8504 of the ESSA. These programs include:

  • Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Program Operated by LEAs
  • Title I, Part C: Migrant Education
  • Title II, Part A: Supporting Effective Instruction
  • Title III, Part A: English Language Acquisition
  • Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
  • Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

U.S. Department of Education Guidance

The following three guidance documents from the United States Department of Education are all still applicable and should be read and used together:

Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE)
United States Department of Education 

Utah Resources

Equitable Services Webinar

Webinar slides

ESSA Equitable Services for Private Non-Profit Schools Checklist

ESSA Private Non-Profit (PNP) School Complaints and Procedures

Equitable Services Complaint Form

Contacts

Dr. Rebecca Donaldson
State Ombudsman, Title I-A
Phone: (801) 538-7869 | E-mail

Val Murdock
Assistant Ombudsman, Title I-A
Phone: (801) 538-7975 | E-mail

Jeff Ojeda
Title I-C Migrant Education
Phone: (801) 538-7945 | E-mail

Jeannie Rowland
Title II-A Supporting Effective Instruction
Phone: (801) 538-7751 | E-mail

Dr. Christelle Estrada
Title III English Language Acquisition
Phone: (801) 538-7888 | E-mail

Joleigh Honey
Title IV-A Student Support, Academic Enrichment Grants
Phone: (801) 538-7794 | E-mail

Kimberly Augustin
Title IV-B 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants
Phone: (801) 538-7851 | E-mail

Kamille Sheikh
Title IV-B 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants
Phone: (801) 538-7825 | E-mail

Professional Learning

2018

February 8-11
2018 National Title I Conference
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Network

2017

Introduction to Family Engagement in Education
Harvard University Online Courses

 

Contacts

Dr. Rebecca Donaldson
Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7869 | E-mail

Becky Peters
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7712 | E-mail

Parent Engagement

 

Contacts

Sheryl Ellsworth
Parent Engagement Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7733 | E-mail

Becky Peters
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7712 | E-mail

Resources

Data Specifications and Validation Rules
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Information Technology Utah eTranscript and Record Exchange (UTREx)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

ESSA
U.S. Department of Education

National Teacher Loan Forgiveness (NTLF)

Teachers with Stafford and Perkins student loans who teach in low-income schools and/or areas of teacher shortages may be eligible for loan forgiveness or deferment. Teachers may qualify for cancellation (discharge) of up to 100 percent of a Federal Perkins Loan if they have served full-time in a public or nonprofit elementary or secondary school system as a:

  • Teacher in a school serving students from low-income families
  • Special education teacher, including teachers of infants, toddlers, children, or youth with disabilities
  • Teacher in the fields of mathematics, science, foreign languages, or bilingual education
  • In any other field of expertise determined by a state education agency to have a shortage of qualified teachers in that state

Eligibility for teacher cancellation is based on the duties presented in an official position description, not on the position title. To receive a cancellation, teachers must be directly employed by the school system. There is no provision for canceling Federal Perkins Loans for teaching in postsecondary schools. Note that teachers also qualify for deferment while they are performing teaching service that qualifies for cancellation. Teachers should contact the school that holds their loan for information on applying for deferment.

U.S. Department of Education:

NTLF Identified Schools (Utah):

 

Contacts

Val Murdock
Education Specialist
Loan Forgiveness
Phone: (801) 538-7975 | E-mail

Renee Medina
Office Specialist
Loan Forgiveness Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7704 | E-mail