Funding Source: Federal
Grant Program Name: Title I, Part A
Application Deadline: Annually on July 1.
Application Information: Application for Title I, Part A funds must be completed on-line and submitted on the
Program Description: Title I is a 100% Federally funded supplemental education program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies to improve educational opportunities for educationally deprived children. Title I programs are designed to help children meet the state content and performance standards in reading, language arts, and mathematics. In buildings with 40% or more poverty, LEAs may use the funds to upgrade the entire curriculum of the school and are Schoolwide Programs. In buildings with less than 40% poverty, programs are designed to help specific children and are targeted assisted programs. LEAs and schools are subject to consequences of school choice and supplemental education services if they do not meet adequate yearly progress as determined by the SEA.
Title I School Support System:
- Title I State Parent Advisory Council (SPAC)
- Rural and Small Schools Advisory Committee (New)
- Title I Neglected and Delinquent Advisory Committee
Federal Programs Consolidated Review: A cadre of educators selected and trained by the Pennsylvania Department of Education review participating local educational agencies. In addition, Title I programs are audited annually in accordance with Single Audit Guidelines. The U.S. Department of Education generally conducts an annual review of the State's administration of Title I.
Evaluation: State program personnel prepare an annual performance report for the U.S. Department of Education.
Assessment: The Pennsylvania State System of Assessment is used to assess schools and local educational agencies.
Restrictions of Funding:
Eligible Entities and/or Partners: School Districts, Charter Schools, and Intermediate Units
Method of Distribution: PDE Bureau/Agency Responsible: Division of Federal Programs
Title I Schoolwide Programs
In order to implement a Title I Schoolwide Program, the school/charter must meet two criteria:
- The school/charter must be eligible to participate in the Title I program within their Local Educational Agency (LEA).
- (LEA) must have an approved School Level Plan or School Improvement Plan (CSI/ATSI PDE Template).
Schools/charters interested in switching from Targeted Assistance to Schoolwide Program must complete:
To assist schools in the development of a comprehensive, compliant and effective Title I Schoolwide Plan, any
non-designated CSI or A-TSI schools implementing a Title I Schoolwide Program; must complete a School Level plan using the Comprehensive Planning web application.
The due date for non-designated Title I Schoolwide Plans to be submitted, through the Comprehensive Planning web application is
September 1, 2019.
In order to gain access to the Comprehensive Planning application, you will need a PDE portal account. If you need access to the application, please use the link on the Comprehensive Planning Page titled, "Access to Comp Plan Application".
*Please note that any Title I Schoolwide schools designated as CSI or A-TSI must use the template provided by PDE's School Improvement Team. Please contact
for information or questions about CSI A-TSI schools/charters.
If you have further questions, please contact the Comprehensive Planning Support Team by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 717.732.8403.
Title I Schoolwide Buildings in PA:
Additional Title I Schoolwide Resources from USDE:
MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)
The MOU is to be developed between the LEA and the county Head Start agency. The purpose is to establish collaborations with Head Start and to develop a plan stating how the LEA will transition children who have attended a Head Start program or other early learning program.
The MOU must have all five of the required activities and must be inclusive of Head Start. The five required activities are;
- data sharing,
- channels of communication,
- joint meetings,
- joint professional development, and
- sharing of educational services.
Cyber Charter Schools and Charter Schools that do not include Kindergarten are exempt from creating an MOU with the Head Start agency.
Parent and Family Engagement
Title I, Part D - Delinquent
Funding Source: Federal
Grant Program Name: Title I, Part D - Neglected and Delinquent
Deadline: Annually on July 1.
Application Information: Application for Title I, Part D - Delinquent funds must be completed on-line and submitted on the
Program Description: This is a 100% Federally funded program that provides supplementary education services for children and youth in local correctional institutions and community day programs. The state awards funds generated by the number of children in locally operated institutions for neglected and/or delinquent youth.
Funding: Eligible Entities and/or Partners: Private, local, and state operated juvenile facilities via Districts, Charter Schools, and Intermediate Units
Method of Distribution: Pass through
PDE Bureau/Agency Responsible: Division of Federal Programs
Title 1 Paraprofessional Standards of Quality for Local Assessment Programs
Section 1119 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 established new criteria for Title I instructional paraprofessionals. These new requirements require school districts to ensure that Title I instructional paraprofessionals be properly qualified to assist teachers in instructing Reading, Mathematics and Writing.
Title I - A Reallocation Procedures
Section 1126 (c) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires the State Educational Agency (SEA) to develop procedures for the reallocation of Title I, Part A funds. Funds must be reallocated to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in a timely fashion and must be allocated in accordance with State guidelines for reallocation.