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The U.S. Department of Education has released the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for income year 2017. These estimates will be used to calculate fiscal year 2020 Title I allocations. A file of 2017 Poverty Data by Local Education Agency (LEA) is provided in an alphabetical listing of LEAs, Children in Poverty Count, 5-17 Population, and Poverty Percentage in the FY20 Prelimina​ry EligibilityPDF Document.

With this data, LEAs can determine their potential eligibility for Basic, Concentration, Targeted and Education Finance Incentive grants (EFIG).

Basic Grant eligibility: An LEA must have at least 10 children in poverty and the number of children in poverty 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 children in poverty or the number of those children exceeds 15 percent of the total 5-17 population.

Targeted Grant and EFIG qualifications: An LEA must have at least 10 children in poverty and that number must be at least 5 percent of the 5-17 population.

The Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Program webpage provides various aspects of the SAIPE count, including the data sources and methodology used to prepare these data. We will be using the 2017 data to calculate school year 2019-20 Title I, Part A allocations because they are the most recent available data.

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 2020. ISBE neither controls nor generates the data. The challenge period for the 2017 estimates ends March 4​, 2019. Refer to the Census Bureau's How to Request Information about the Challenge Procedures webpage, if interested.

Note that this preliminary data does not include other non-census information, such as foster, neglected, or delinquent counts, that may be used to calculate Title I allocations.

If you have questions, please contact Beth Minder in the Department ​of Funding and Disbursements at ​or (217) 782-5256.​

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