The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is redirecting unused Title I funds from fiscal year 2018.
Your district is eligible to receive an allocation from these funds as part of your district’s Title I application. ISBE has identified the following as allowable for unused funds from FY 2018:
- Pay a portion of Advanced Placement (AP) test fees for low-income students at an adjusted cost of $53 per exam. The cost to students is $15 per exam and the grant will cover $38. The normal AP test fee is $93.
- Pay a portion of the AP Research and Seminar test fees for low-income students at an adjusted cost of $101. The cost to students is $15 per exam and the grant will cover $86. The normal AP Research and Seminar test fee is $141.
Funding is limited, so participating districts must submit a Notice of Intent to ISBE no later than January 31, 2019. The Notice of Intent permits the unused Title I funds to be calculated and allocated to the district. The letter must include the number of anticipated AP and AP Research and Seminar exams. The Notice of Intent is located below.
Districts will pay the College Board directly no later than June 15, 2019. Once eligible students complete the exam, the district AP test coordinator will enter the number of exams completed by eligible students in the College Board system and an invoice will be generated. A copy of the invoice must be submitted to ISBE to verify the number of exams taken by low-income students.
You must create an amendment to your ESEA of 1965 as Amended grant detailing the request in both Targeting Step 4 as a set-aside and in the Budget Detail of your amended grant application to apply and expend these funds. All public schools, including attendance centers that are not served and non-Title I schools that serve low-income students, are eligible for funding.