What is Title IVA?
Title IV, Part A was newly enacted in 2017-2018 and is known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grant. Title IV, Part A is a flexible block grant that authorizes activities in three broad areas. Funding for this grant is based on the Title I funding formula and is meant to supplement not supplant current initiatives. Districts have significant flexibility in using funds to support the following priority areas:
- access to a well-rounded education,
- improving school conditions for learning to ensure safe and healthy students, and
- effective use of technology to improve academic achievement and digital literacy.
As districts are finalizing the ESSA LEA plans and other strategic or continuous improvement efforts, the Title IVA funds provide an additional resource to equitably meet the needs of districts to close achievement gaps. See the list of eligible expenses and the FAQs for ideas and criteria for spending your Title IVA funds.
Wisconsin’s Goal: Reduce the achievement gap by half for each subgroup within six years.
- Objective 1: LEAs will provide every student access to a well-rounded education that meets their learning needs in an appropriate, healthy and safe environment.
- Objective 2: LEAs will provide professional growth and improvement opportunities for all teachers, principals, and other school leaders to further a high-quality education for all students.
- Objective 3: LEAs will utilize evidence-based interventions and support services to ensure every student graduates from high school prepared for their college or career plans.
- Objective 4: LEAs will make progress on closing the achievement gap for all subgroups in English language arts, and math so all students meet challenging academic standards.
Districts that receive an allocation of $30,000 or greater must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and are required to allocate at least 20% of the grant funds toward a well-rounded education, at least 20% toward supporting safe and healthy students, and a portion of funds (at least one budget item coded under 4109) to support the effective use of technology.
If a district receives less than $30,000 in funding a comprehensive needs assessment is not required and there is not a required set-aside percentage for well-rounded and safe and healthy students, however, a district must spend money on activities in at least one of the three categories.
This new federal grant provides districts with funds towards building capacity to ensure that all students have access to high-quality educational experiences.