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ESSA Title I

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is designed to help disadvantaged children reach high academic standards. Title I is designed to provide all children significant opportunity to receive fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps. Title I helps State Educational Agencies (SEAs), Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), and schools meet the educational needs of low-achieving students in schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families. Title I, Part A supports schools in implementing either a school-wide program or a targeted assistance program. These programs must use effective methods and instructional strategies that are grounded in scientifically evidence-based research.
                      ESSA Title I Statewide Initiative
ESSA and State Compensatory Education Program Contacts
Kerri Brice, M.Ed., RTSBA
[email protected]
(903) 988-6719
Title I, Part A
Title I, Part C
Title I, Part D, Subpart 2
Title II, Part A
Title III
Title IV
Title V
Parent & Family Engagement
Private Nonprofit Equitable Services
State Compensatory Education
Angela Clark, M.B.A., CTSBO
Specialist II
[email protected]
(903) 988-6850
Title I, Part A
Title I, Part D, Subpart 2
Title II, Part A
Title V
State Compensatory Education
Michele Mangrum, M.Ed., RTSBA
Specialist II
[email protected]
(903) 988-6856
Title I, Part A
Parent & Family Engagement
Private Nonprofit Equitable Services
Paraprofessional Requirements
Dana Harper, M.Ed.
Specialist II
[email protected]
(903) 988-6785
Title IV, Part A
Comparability of Services is a fiscal requirement for recipients of Title I, Part A funds under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This requirement is an assessment of services provided at Title I, Part A and Non-Title I, Part A campuses. Local educational agencies (LEAs) that receive Title I, Part A funds must use their state and local funds to provide comparable services at their campuses receiving Title I, Part A funds and their campuses that are not receiving Title I, Part A funds.
If all campuses in an LEA receive Title I, Part A funds, then one of the following conditions is required:
  • State and local funds used to provide services at Title I, Part A campuses are substantially comparable, taken as a whole, at each Title I campus.
  • State and local funds used to provide services at Title I, Part A campuses with higher percentages of low income students are equal to or greater than the services provided at Title I, Part A campuses with lower percentages of low-income students.
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ESSA Title I, Part D

The Title I, Part D, program - The Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent or At Risk was most recently reauthorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended in 2001. The Title I, Part D, Subpart 1 State agency N or D program was first authorized with P.L.89-750, the Elementary and Secondary Amendments of 1966. The Title I, Part D, Subpart 2 local educational agency program came into being in its present form with the Improving America Schools Act of 1994.
Title I Part D consists of two subparts: Subpart 1 (ESSA, Section 1401) and Subpart 2 (ESSA, Section 1421.)


Title II, Part A-Supporting Effective Instruction

The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase student achievement consistent with the challenging State academic standards; improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders; increase the number of effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools; and provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders. The intent of the funding is to support educators in their work to improve the overall quality of instruction and ensure equity of educational opportunity for all students.

ESSA Title IV, Part A

Newly authorized under subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is intended to help meet these goals by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities to: 1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education,2 2) improve school conditions for student learning, and 3) improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. (ESEA section 4101).

Title I, Part A Paraprofessional Requirements

  • Properly trained paraprofessionals can play important roles in improving student achievement in Title I schools where they can reinforce and augment a teacher’s effort in the classroom. Unfortunately, studies indicate that paraprofessionals are used in many Title I schools for teaching and assisting in teaching when their educational backgrounds do not qualify them for such responsibilities. Title I of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA requires that paraprofessionals meet higher standards of qualification, and ensures that students who need the most help receive instructional support only from qualified paraprofessionals.

  • Federal Requirements - Title I, Part A Requirements for Paraprofessionals
  • State Requirements -  Becoming an Educational Aide in Texas
For Title I, Part A Paraprofessional training (Paraprofessional Institute) information, contact: 
Nella Custer at [email protected] or 903-988-6846
or visit our workshop page Here.
We offer the Paraprofessional Institute multiple times a year to allow all who need to meet the Title I requirements the opportunity to do so. We train over 300 Paraprofessionals each year!

State Compensatory Education (SCE)

The goal of the State Compensatory Education Program (SCE) is to provide funding to reduce disparity in performance on assessment instruments or disparity in the rates of high school completion between educationally disadvantaged students, at-risk students, and all other students. The purpose of the SCE program is to increase academic achievement and reduce the dropout rate for these students by providing supplemental programs and services.  
Statutes and correspondence related to the SCE program are listed below. Updated Links and legislation information can be found on TEA's House Bill 3 webpage and the Texas Legislature Online Statute Lookup page.
  • The Texas Education Code (TEC) §28.0217, relates to satisfactory performance on state assessment instruments and providing accelerated instruction to certain students.
  •  The TEC, §29.081, defines the purpose of the SCE program and the statutory criteria for determining if a student is at risk of dropping out of high school.
  • The TEC §29.089, allows school districts and charter schools to fund mentoring programs with SCE funds.
  • The TEC §48.104, provides the method for TEA to calculate school district and charter school allotments and establishes certain additional uses for SCE funds.
  • 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §61.1027 is related to the eligible student count for the compensatory education allotment.
LEAs who receive federal funds are required to provide equitable private nonprofit school children, teachers, and other educational personnel. Services provided by the LEAs for private school participants must be designed to meet education needs and supplement the educational services by the private school. After consultation, private schools may receive equitable services in Title I, Part A; Title I, Part C; Title III; and Title IV Part A and B. The LEA must spend the funds on behalf of the private schools, and the funds must never be given to a private nonprofit school.