Title IV: How does it Support Students?
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes funding for Title IV, Part A. The priorities are:
“1. Providing students with a well-rounded education including programs such as college and career counseling, STEM, arts, civics and International Baccalaureate/Advanced Placement.
2.Supporting safe and healthy students with comprehensive school mental health, drug and violence prevention, training on trauma-informed practices, and health and physical education.
3. Supporting the effective use of technology that is backed by professional development, blended learning and ed tech devices.”
Allocations depend on the formula that determines Title I allocations. The regulations for using the funds depend on the amount that the district receives as follows:
- For school districts that receive more than a $30,000 allocation, the district must conduct a needs assessment and allocate:
- 20% to provide a well-rounded education outlined in #1 above
- 20% on the safe and healthy school activities outlined in #2 above (not appropriate for Readorium purchase)
- 60% can be spent on any of the three priorities, but there is a 15% cap on technology.
- For school districts that receive less than $30,000, the only restriction is the 15% technology cap.
What is the basis for funding these three priorities?
- Research shows that physical and mental health has a strong impact on success in school and ultimately, being a productive adult.
- Students need more than “reading, writing and arithmetic” to be successful. Title IV funds can support “music, art, STEM, computer science, accelerated learning, history and civics courses, as well as expand access to college and career guidance and counseling.”
- It goes without saying that to succeed in this world, every student needs access to technology and support to use it most effectively.