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1 What’s New In Title I??? Chuck Edwards - Thompson Publishing Tiffany R. Winters, Esq. – Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC May 2,

2 The New Title I – 8 th edition just completed! Two years since the last edition 3 rd edition since ESEA was due for reauthorization! Good chance to look back at changes affecting Title I - all reflected in the book 2

3 Accountability Requirements Biggest Change = ESEA Flexibility Waives numerous Title I requirements, but most relate to ▫How to identify lagging schools -- eliminates AYP, deadline ▫How to fix lagging schools – eliminates  School Choice  Supplemental educational services  Mandated expenditure on professional development 3

4 Accountability Requirements (cont.) Four ESEA Flex Principles – Adds new requirements 1.Tougher standards and assessments 2.“Differentiated accountability” – different strokes for different folks (schools) 3.Teacher evaluation based on student growth 4.State deregulation 4

5 Title I Standards and Assessments Remember that little thing called the Common Core State Standards – adopted by 45 states and DC. ESEA Flex largely embraces Common Core State Standards (but others OK if approved by state universities, e.g., Virginia) Only state sitting out both ESEA Flex and Common Core = Texas But remember – central standards and assessment requirements were established by 2001 NCLB and still apply! Such as…. ▫Equal standards for all students (including students will disabilities, English learners) ▫Valid, reliable assessments ▫Test all students ▫Accommodations 5

6 Title I Accountability – What’s Gone? ESEA Flex sweeps away most of prescriptive NCLB accountability structure. Eliminates school improvement timelines, AYP. Frees up huge chunk of funds for services (20% for choice/SES, 10% for P.D. and associated administration). Non-ESEA-Flex states: ▫You’re stuck with it! ▫Some elements of law = virtually irrelevant (but you still gotta comply!) 6

7 Title I Accountability – What Replaces It? Differentiated Accountability! – States set own criteria for intervention – includes NCLB metrics like annual measurable objectives (AMOs) and four-year grad rates, but can include many others. How to intervene? = Unlike NCLB, one size does NOT fit all. ▫Bottom 5% (Priority schools) – Federal rules for remediation shoved down to worst schools – highly prescriptive, like SIG “persistently lagging schools”; ▫Next 10% (Focus schools) — A few federal rules; ▫Remaining 85% — Blue sky! States completely free to set own interventions. 7

8 But NCLB Reporting Remains! Concern: If states set own criteria for intervention, won’t they ignore performance of subgroups and focus on average school performance, as pre-NCLB? Answer: NCLB reporting requirements remain! For example: ▫How states uses grad rates may vary, but still must still break out four-year rates. ▫How states use annual measurable objectives may vary, but must still report by subgroups. Meaning = Report cards are critical (particularly for subgroup achievement). 8

9 Teacher ‘Quality’ and Evaluation “Highly qualified teacher” requirements ▫Still in effect for everybody! ▫Penalties waived only in ESEA flex states Teacher evaluation in ESEA Flex states – CONTROVERSY! ▫Teacher evaluation based “to a significant degree” on student achievement growth ▫Pushback – how measure teachers in courses not tested on state tests ▫Costs — may not use Title I funds to develop teacher evaluation systems for all teachers 9

10 Supplement Not Supplant – Important Developments Supplement Not Supplant ▫Requirement remains the same, but… ED clarified: ▫If State/local law was passed for compliance with ED Flex waiver then SNS would not be presumed with respect to the first SNS presumption (in accordance with the A-133 compliance supplement). ▫Did not change the other 2 presumptions! 10

11 Time and Effort Requirements All States, Territories and other Grantees are still required to keep time distribution records. ▫For all employees paid in whole or in part with federal funds. OCFO clarified what a “single cost objective” is and that an employee can work on a single cost objective but be funded under multiple funding streams. 11

12 New Preschool Guidance Applicable to All States! ▫Clarifies how you can use Title I funds to:  support a campus or district preschool; or  supplement other federal, state or local programs. Eliminates confusions dating back two decades. 12

13 Other Changes Numerous other policy changes affect all other chapters in The New Title I, including:  equitable services for private school students;  allocation of funds;  parental involvement; and  charter schools. 13

14 Questions?? For questions about the content of The New Title I: The Changing Landscape of Accountability, contact Chuck Edwards at To purchase the book, visit or call Customer Service at


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