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The U.S. Department of Education has released the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for income year 2021. These estimates will be used to calculate fiscal year 2024 Title I allocations. A file of 2021 Poverty Data by Local Education Agency (LEA)Excel Document is provided, including Poverty Count, 5-17 Population, and Poverty Percentage in the FY 2024 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. 

This data allows LEAs 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 2024. ISBE neither controls nor generates the data. 

There is a challenge period for LEAs to review the 2021 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 March 16

Please contact the SAIPE program at (301) 763-3193 or email to obtain information on the process to challenge the data. More information and guidance concerning the U.S. Census Bureau’s challenge procedure, as well as information about the data sources and the methodology used to prepare this data, are available.

If you have questions, please contact Kurt Piskin in Funding and Disbursements at or (217) 782-5256.​​​​​​

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