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Summary of the Provisions of Title VI

of the ESEA-No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

 

Flexibility and Accountability

Part A -- Improving Academic Achievement
Part B -- Rural Education Initiative



Summary of Title VI
Title VI is designed to provide flexibility to assist states in the development of strategies to target Federal funds to Federal programs that most effectively address the unique needs of States and localities. Funds will be provided to enhance state and local assessment systems and to improve the dissemination of information on student achievement and school performance to parents, community and other interested parties. States and local educational agencies will have the flexibility to target Federal funds to Federal programs that most effectively address the unique needs of States and localities. Additionally, there are allocations for certain activities authorized under this act.

Part A -- Improving Academic Achievement
Title VI Part A includes:

Subpart 1 -- Accountability
Subpart 2 -- Funding Transferability for State and Local Educational Agencies
Subpart 3 -- State and Local Flexibility Demonstration
Chapter A -- State Flexibility Authority
Chapter B -- Local Flexibility Demonstration
Subpart 4 -- State Accountability for Adequate Yearly Progress

Subpart 1 -- Accountability
This part provides grants to States to enable them to pay the costs of the development of additional State assessments and standards required to ensure that schools and local educational agencies are held accountable for meeting the challenging State academic content and achievement standards. It also provides to a number of states the opportunity to waive federal requirements and consolidate and use funds to achieve increased student performance for a period of five years, assuming the performance targets have been met.

Assistance will be provided to Wisconsin to enhance the assessment and accountability requirements of Title I including the requirement for testing in reading and mathematics in grades 3-8 and once in high school.

Program contact:

Laura Pinsonneault
Director
Office of Educational Accountability
608-267-1072
laura.pinsonneault@dpi.wi.gov 

Subpart 2 -- Funding Transferability for State and Local Educational Agencies
This subpart allows the State and local educational agencies the flexibility to target Federal funds to Federal programs that most effectively address the unique needs of States and localities and to transfer Federal funds allocated to other activities to provide for certain activities authorized under Title I. This subpart has no funding, but allows States and local educational agencies flexibility to target Federal funds to Federal programs that most effectively address the unique needs of States and localities.

Program contact:
Information can be obtained at the following website: www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/program.html

Subpart 3 -- State and Local Flexibility Demonstration
The purpose of this subpart is to focus the resources of the Federal Government on the academic achievement of all students and to better empower parents, educators, administrators, and schools to effectively address the needs of their children and students. This subpart creates options for selected States and local educational agencies to focus the resources of the Federal Government on improving student achievement and teacher quality through a competitive demonstration grant.

Chapter A -- State Flexibility Authority State Flexibility
On a competitive basis, seven State educational agencies will be awarded grant flexibility authority. To receive this grant authority, the State educational agency must offer substantial promise of making adequate yearly progress, assisting local educational agencies that enter into performance agreements with the State educational agency and providing information demonstrating that the State educational agency has consulted with and involved parents, representatives of local educational agencies, and other educators in the development of the terms of the grant authority. This is a competitive grant process for a limited number of states to consolidate funds. The focus would be on high poverty local educational agencies working with the State agency in aligning State and local reforms and assisting the local educational agencies that enter into performance agreements with the State educational agency.

If selected, a State education agency could enter into an agreement with the US Department of Education to receive increased flexibility by submitting a plan that had substantial promise of improving student achievement.

Program contact:
Information can be obtained at the following website: www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/program.html

Chapter B -- Local Flexibility Demonstration Agreements
The Secretary shall, on a competitive basis, enter into local flexibility demonstration agreements with the local educational agencies that submit approvable proposed agreements and are selected. A total of 80 local educational agencies will be selected on the basis of substantial promise of meeting the State's definition of adequate yearly progress, advancing the education priorities of the local educational agency, improving student achievement, and narrowing the achievement gap.

If selected, a local education agency could enter into an agreement with the US Department of Education to receive increased flexibility by submitting a plan that had substantial promise of improving student achievement.

Program contact:
Information can be obtained at the following website: www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/program.html

Subpart 4 -- State Accountability for Adequate Yearly Progress

As part of ESEA Flexibility, Adequate Yearly Progress is based on performance related to Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives, which examine achievement in reading and mathematics, attendance or graduation, and test participation, against established targets for all students and certain groups of students. More information about these targets is available here: https://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/amo. 

Program contact:

Laura Pinsonneault
Director
Office of Educational Accountability
608-267-1072
laura.pinsonneault@dpi.wi.gov 

 

Part B -- Rural Education Initiatives
The Department of Public Instruction participates in the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) program and the Rural Education initiatives.

They are:

  • Subpart 1 - Small, Rural School Achievement Program
  • Alternative Uses of Funds Authority
  • Subpart 2 - Rural and Low-Income School Program

More information on these programs can be found at: https://dpi.wi.gov/rural-education-achievement-program

Subpart 1 - Small, Rural School Achievement Program
The Small, Rural School Achievement Program is a program that authorizes the Secretary to award formula grants directly to eligible LEAs to carry out activities authorized under one or more of the following Federal programs: Title I Part A, Title II Parts A and D, Title III, Title IV Parts A and B, and Title V Part A. The Secretary is requesting that LEAs submit their average daily attendance (ADA) calculations to the SEA, and that SEAs submit the ADA data to the department, not later than March 1, on behalf of all eligible LEAs in the State. This initiative allocates funds to the local educational agencies by using a formula based on average daily attendance in eligible schools.

This program is an expansion of the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) which provided additional flexibility to use funding across title programs.

Program contact:

Stephen Kretzmann
Content and Learning Team
608-267-9278
stephen.kretzmann@dpi.wi.gov 

Alternate Uses of Funds Authority (for districts eligible for Title VI, Part B, Subpart 1-Small, Rural School Achievement Program)
The Alternative Uses of Funds Authority is a provision that allows eligible local educational agencies to combine funding to carry out local activities under one or more of the following Federal programs: Title I Part A, Title II Parts A and D, Title III, Title IV Parts A and B, and Title V Part A. This initiative does not provide LEAs with additional funding; rather it gives them greater flexibility in using applicable funding.

Increased flexibility among Federal programs to address the needs of school districts to target funds more effectively.

Program contact:
Information can be obtained at the following website: www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/program.html

Subpart 2 - Rural and Low-Income School Program
The Rural and Low Income School Program is designed to address the needs of rural, low-income schools. The Secretary awards formula grants to SEAs, which in turn award subgrants to eligible LEAs either competitively or on a formula basis. If an SEA chooses not to participate in the program, the Secretary may use the SEAs allotment to award grants directly to eligible LEAs in that State either competitively or by formula. Funds under this program may be used for teacher recruitment and retention, teacher professional development, technology, including software and hardware, parental involvement activities, Safe and Drug-Free Schools program activities, Title I, and activities authorized under Title III, Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant students.

This is an expansion of the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP), which provided additional flexibility to use funding across title programs.

Program contact:

Stephen Kretzmann
Content and Learning Team
608-267-9278
stephen.kretzmann@dpi.wi.gov