Federal Funding Opportunities

Title I School Improvement Set-Aside

Under the No Child Left Behind Act, each state is required to reserve 2% of its total Title I, Part A allocation for school improvement activities in schools identified for school improvement, corrective action, and restructuring. These funds will augment state and local efforts to provide technical assistance, which must be based on scientifically based research.

95 percent of these funds must go directly to districts to implement reforms. The state may, however, with the approval of the district, directly provide for these activities or arrange for their provision through other entities such as school support teams or educational service agencies.

Schools that have not met state standards for adequate yearly progress for two consecutive school years will be identified by the district as needing improvement. Immediately after identification, these schools will receive technical assistance to improve performance and to develop a two-year plan to turn around the school. If the school fails to make adequate yearly progress for four consecutive years, the district must implement certain corrective actions to improve the school, such as replacing certain staff or fully implementing a new curriculum.

Each state allocates its Title I School Improvement Set-Aside dollars in its own way. Please contact the Federal Title I Director in your State Department of Education.