Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/Federal Title Programs

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently authorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, is federal legislation that promotes student achievement through school and district reform. ESSA requires each state to develop and implement a system for holding all districts and schools accountable for the education of students.

Federal ESEA Program Application

Allocations for the 2019-20 school year are available in SERVS Financial. Districts and charter schools must accept funds and initiate applications for FIN 401 – Title I, FIN 406 –Title I Part D, FIN 414 – Title II, and FIN 417 – Title III. The guides below provide information to complete the required process. Contact your area director if you have questions.

ESEA Federal Program Electronic Update

Subscribe to our ESEA Federal Program Update. These updates provide timely information regarding administration of federal programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

ESEA Parent Notification

Required ESSA parent notifications and other translated communication are located on TransACT.com. This website provides Minnesota schools and districts with access to required parent notification letters in English and multiple other languages. Schools and districts are required to ensure that all communication with parents is in a language and format accessible to them. For languages not provided here, the English version may be translated as needed. These documents can be customized for individual local educational agencies (LEAs) and students as needed. Translations for the entire ESSA collection are provided in Spanish, Arabic, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese and Karen translations.

Documents and Resources

  • Preliminary Fiscal Year 2020-21 Federal Title Grant Allocations - 6/5/20
  •  - 5/11/20
    Clarifies federal grants management requirements for education activities.
  • Guidance for Using Distance Learning for Migratory Children - 4/13/20
  • Federal ESEA/ESSA Waiver Guidance - 4/10/20
  • Title IV Part A COVID-19 Questions and Answers - 4/10/20
  • Federal ESEA Title Programs and COVID-19 FAQ - 3/25/20
  • Nonpublic Services and Equitable Share During COVID-19 - 3/23/20
  •  - 6/6/18
  •  - 3/13/17
    This document outlines the process to follow if an organization or individual has reason to believe that the state or district is not correctly administering an Elementary and Secondary Education Act Program.
  •  - 2/1/17
    This document contains definitions and eligibility considerations concerning federal Title funds for certain charter schools in their first year of operation or charter schools experiencing significant expansion of enrollment.