The U.S. Department of Education has released the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for income year 2020. These estimates will be used to calculate fiscal year 2023 Title I allocations. A file of 2020 Poverty Data by Local Education Agency (LEA) is provided, including Poverty Count, 5-17 Population, and Poverty Percentage in the FY 2023 Preliminary Eligibility.
Note that this preliminary data does not include other non-census information, such as foster, neglected, or delinquent counts, that will be included to calculate actual Title I allocations.
LEAs can use this data to determine their potential eligibility for the various funding streams of Title I -- Basic, Concentration, Targeted, and Education Finance Incentive Grants (EFIG).
Basic Grant eligibility: An LEA must have at least 10 poverty children, and the number of poverty children must be greater than 2 percent of the LEA population of children ages 5-17.
Concentration Grant eligibility: An LEA must have at least 6,500 poverty children, or the number of those children exceeds 15 percent of the total 5-17 population.
Targeted Grant and EFIG eligibility: An LEA must have at least 10 poverty children, and that number must be at least 5 percent of the 5-17 population.
Superintendents, business managers, and Title I directors should carefully examine the data for their LEA, as this will be the first indication as to whether your LEA may be gaining or losing in eligibility for Title I funds in FY 2023. ISBE neither controls nor generates the data.
There is a challenge period for LEAs to review the 2020 poverty and population data for certain non-statistical errors, which include errors the U.S. Census Bureau may have made in 1) processing input data or in running the estimation models/programs, or 2) preparing or processing information to define geographic boundaries (i.e., school district boundaries). This challenge period ends on
Please contact SAIPE program of the U.S. Census Bureau at (301) 763-3193 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain information on the process to challenge the data.
If you have questions, please contact Christine Kolaz in Funding and Disbursement Services at
email@example.com or (217) 782-5256.