What is Title IVA?
Title IV, Part A is a newly enacted grant for 2017-2018, known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grant. Title IV-A is a flexible block grant that authorizes activities in three broad areas:
Districts have significant flexibility in using funds to support the following three priority areas:
- access to a well-rounded education,
- improving school conditions for learning to ensure safe and healthy students, and
- improving the use of technology to improve academic achievement and digital literacy.
Funding for this grant is based on the Title I funding formula. 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 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.