Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Title I, Part A is a federal program that provides financial assistance to school districts and schools with high percentages of children from low-income families. Federal monies support a variety of services to help ensure all Maine students have fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on State standards and assessments.

Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas (Basic Grants, Concentration Grants, Targeted Grants, and Education Finance Incentive Grants) that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in the state.

  • Forms & Reporting. Allocation, comparability and private school documentation for current school year
  • Highly Qualified. Information for paraprofessionals including requirements and implementation
  • Program Planning. Resources for planning a schoolwide program, a comprehensive reform strategy to upgrade the educational program in a Title I school
  • Foster Care. Information and guidance regarding the provisions for children inFoster Care under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Committee of Practitioners. Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires each state educational agency that receives Title I funds to create a State Committee of Practitioners to advise the State in carrying out its responsibilities under the Title I program.
  • Laws & Guidance. Links to the U.S. Department of Education laws and guidance documentation for Title I programs


Janette Kirk
ESEA Director – Title I