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Elementary and Secondary Education Act/ESEA Title I Analysis

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides new funding for programs under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (Title I). Specifically, the ARRA provides $10 billion in additional Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Title I, Part A funds to local education agencies (LEAs) for schools that have high concentrations of students from families that live in poverty in order to help improve teaching and learning for students most at risk of failing to meet state academic achievement standards.

The Federal government hopes these ARRA funds will create improved educational opportunities for at-risk students and close the achievement gaps while also stimulating the economy. Among goals are to enable LEAs to help more at-risk students and boost the quality of teaching and learning.

Assessing Scope, Use, and Results
Will these ARRA expenditures help? Based on these data shown in the ranking table below, there are 13,753 LEAs with an average population ages 5-to-17 (P517) of 3,866 and an average P517 in poverty of 618 (15.98%).
  • The weighted average ARRA expenditure per P517 is $176.
  • The weighted average ARRA expenditure per P517 in poverty is $1,104.
  • The average LEA receives approximately $682,000.
How do these measures relate to your districts of interest? See the table below.

How should these funds be expended to improve the primary goals (educational opportunities for at-risk students and close the achievement gaps)? In the past these funds have mainly been used for instruction-based intervention and augmentation (more/different teachers/aides, longer sessions, augmented teaching tools and processes, varied class structures/operations). See one results analysis here. The primary issue, however, is lacking interest, motivation, propensity/ability to participate in learning by the students. Analyzing where Title I objective students are located (residences) and developing neighborhood-based outreach programs to stimulate involvement may be a far better use of these funds.

Title I provisions specifically enable use of the funds for "Using longitudinal data systems to drive continuous improvement efforts focused on improving achievement in Title I schools." See Examples of potential uses of the Title I (find that text on the target page).

School District ARRA 2009 Title I Funding and Related Demographics
  Interactive ranking table -- click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction.
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Column Descriptions
Tot Pop -- total population for the district, 2007 1/
Pop5-17 -- population ages 5-17 years, 2007 1/
Pop5-17Pov -- population ages 5-17 years in poverty, 2007 1/
%Pop5-17Pov -- Percent population ages 5-17 years in poverty (% of Tot Pop) 1/
Tot ARRA$ -- Total Spring 2009 ARRA$ distribution to this district
AARA$/P517 -- Tot ARRA$ per population ages 5-17 years
AARA$/P517Pov -- Tot ARRA$ per population ages 5-17 years in poverty
  see additional notes
  1/ as estimated by Census Bureau for Title I, released 12/08

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Patterns of ARRA$ Distribution by School District (ARRA$ per population ages 5-17)

Patterns of ARRA$ Distribution by School District (ARRA$ per population ages 5-17 in Poverty)

Patterns of ARRA$ Distribution by School District (ARRA$ per population ages 5-17 in Poverty)
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Additional Notes
Actual ARRA amounts received by school districts will be smaller than shown here due to State-level adjustments to Federal Title I allocations. The ARRA data reflect preliminary estimates based on currently available data. Allocations may be revised based on possible new data.

Additional Information
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