Title I, Part A Program and Fiscal Compliance
Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.
An LEA’s Title I allocation is the sum of the amount that the LEA receives under each formula. LEAs target the Title I funds they receive to schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families. If a Title I school is operating a targeted assistance program, the school provides Title I services to children who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet challenging State academic standards. Schools in which children from low-income families make up at least 40 percent of enrollment are eligible to use Title I funds to operate schoolwide programs that serve all children in the school in order to raise the achievement of the lowest-achieving students. LEAs also must use Title I funds to provide Title I services to eligible children enrolled in private schools.
(U.S. Department of Education, 10/24/2018)
For additional information or resources, please contact the ESC-2 Title I, Part A Specialists:
Title I Capacity Building Initiative
Resources on this page are provided via the Title I Capacity Building Initiative which is funded by the Texas Education Agency and produced by Region 10 Education Service Center. This website serves as a central location for Title I, Part A resources on compliance and best practice.
If you have question or need additional assistance with your Title I, Part A program feel free to contact our ESC-2 State and Federal Programs Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The complete Statute from ESEA as amended through P.L. 114-95, enacted December 2015 (ESSA) lists the legal requirements of ESSA.
- All published Non-Regulatory Guidance for ESSA from United Department of Education is accessible at the following link: https://www.esc20.net/apps/pages/statewide-essa-title-i
- TEA Federal Program Compliance Division
- TEA Title I, Part D – Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
- TEA Private School Equitable Services
- Title I, Part A Statewide Initiatives
- Title I, Part A Program Guide (8/2022)
- ESSA Validation Program Guidance 2022-2023
- ESSA Schoolwide Program Requirements
- ESSA Title I, Part A Targeted Assistance Program
- District Improvement Plan Requirements
- Campus Improvement Plan
- Collaborative Comprehensive Needs Assessment
- Equitable Services for Private NonProfit Schools
- Title I, Part A Use of Funds - Revised 5/15/2020
- Title I, Part A Use of Funds - Food Costs
- Supplement, Not Supplant Handbook - Revised March 2022
- Title I, Part A Comparability of Services Guidance Handbook - TEA October 2017
- Schoolwide Programs: Funding and Accounting Decisions - TEA
- Testing of Title I, Part A Expenditures - TEA Federal Fiscal Monitoring Division
- Comparability of Services Requirement
Webinars from TEA