Title I, Part A

Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools. Districts or schools accepting Title I funds are required to provide all children with fair, equitable and significant educational opportunities to obtain a high-quality education and to meet grade level state academic standards and assessments.

Title I, Part A allocations to states use traditional geographic school district population poverty estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and are based on a statistical model that incorporates information from:

  • Census Bureau’s American Community Survey
  • Administrative records taken from Federal income tax returns
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • The most recent decennial Census and recent updates to population estimates
  • Data on Supplemental Security Income recipients
  • Economic data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis

Title I, Part A Allowable Funding Flexibilities Series

Support for Engagement and Attendance: How can paraprofessionals, other staff, or volunteers work with learners in a capacity that supports learning?

Literacy support: How can we fund paraprofessionals to provide instructional support in literacy?  

Math support: How can we fund paraprofessionals to provide instructional support in math?

Supporting Parent and Family Engagement: How can Title I, Part A be used to support parent and family engagement?

Request to Waive the 15 Percent Limitation on Carryover of 2019-20 Title I, Part A Funds 

This is essential information for all local educational agencies (LEAs) that receive more than $50,000 in Title I Part A money.

Waiver Information for Title I Part A Carryover from 2019-20 into 2020-21

In April of 2020, Minnesota was granted the authority to approve waivers requested by any LEAs intending to carryover/carry forward more than 15 percent of their 2019-20 ESEA Title I Part A allocation into the 2020-21 school year. In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, this waiver is available even if the LEA had received approval to exceed this limitation in the past three years.

Waiver requests must be submitted by October 15, 2020.
Once your school district submits a waiver request, your district or charter will be granted a waiver receipt and approval. Please keep that documentation in your LEA’s official files.

Standard Eligibility for Title I Part A Carryover Waiver
In a typical year, LEAs are eligible to request a waiver of the 15 percent carryover limitation once every three years. All LEAs with Title I Part A, allocations of  $50,000.00 or more are required budget 85 percent of their district’s Title I adjusted award amount by September 1. Any funds transferred from FIN414 (Title II, Part A) and/or FIN433 (Title IV, Part A) become part of the Title I, Part A, allocation and apply to the 15 percent carryover limitation.

The carryover limitation is calculated by taking the amount of the current year award plus transfers and subtracting the total expenditures incurred by September 30 of the following year. Without a waiver, any amount in excess of the calculated 15 percent limitation amount are deducted from the following year’s LEA’s allocation.

Minnesota Title I, Part A, Waiver Request to Carry Forward more than 15 percent of 2019-20 funds into 2020-21

For assistance, contact the Equity and Opportunity Division at: mde.esea@state.mn.us or call 651-582-8579.

Title I Resources

  • The Foster Care Set Aside for Title I, Part A - 6/15/21
    The document outlines how the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides for the support of learners in foster care.
  • Title I, Part A (FIN401) Budget Worksheet SY22 - 6/14/21
  • Title I, Part A (FIN401) Grant Application Submission Checklist - 6/7/21
  •  - 6/1/21
    The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is seeking applications from districts that receive Title I, Part A funds. Parent and district staff and stakeholders are welcome. Please follow the link to learn more about the Committee of Practitioners.
  • Title I Narrative Questions and Response Guide 2021-22 - 5/25/21
  •  - 4/7/21
  •  - 2/1/21
    How can we fund paraprofessionals to provide instructional support in math?
  • MARSS and SERVS Error Troubleshooting  - 1/14/21
    Help document to help identify and correct errors in the MARSS and SERVS systems
  • Using Title I Funds for Attendance and Student Engagement  - 1/12/21
  • Title I and Title II Compliance Guide  - 9/7/18
    An MS Word version of the Compliance Guide is available. To request a copy, contact Wayne Kuklinski, wayne.kuklinski@state.mn.us, or Sara George, sara.george@state.mn.us.
  • Title I, Part A Technical Guide to Complete Application in SERVS Financial - 6/19/18
  • District and School Parent and Family Engagement Policy - 5/8/18
    This document is a template that combines the requirements for a Title I district and Title I school for their parent and family engagement policy. It can be used when a Title I district or charter school is serving only one school with Title I funds.
  • District Parent and Family Engagement Policy - 4/26/18
    This document is a template that Title I districts may use as their district parent and family engagement policy.
  • School Parent and Family Engagement Policy - 4/23/18
    This document is a template that Title I schools may use as their district parent and family engagement policy.