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​The U.S. Department of Education has released the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for income year 2018.  These estimates will be used to calculate fiscal year 2021 Title I allocations.  A file of 2018 Poverty Data by Local Education Agency (LEA)​ is provided including Poverty Count, 5-17 Population, and Poverty Percentage in the FY21 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.

With this data, LEAs can 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 2021.  ISBE neither controls nor generates the data.  

There is a challenge period for LEAs to review the 2018 poverty and population data for certain non-statistical errors which include errors the Census Bureau may have made in

  1. processing input data or 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 11, 2020.  To obtain information on the process to challenge the data, please contact the Small Area Estimates Branch of the U.S. Census Bureau at (301) 763-3193 or email: sehsd.saipe@census.gov

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If you have questions, please contact Beth Minder in Funding and Disbursements at eminder@isbe.net or (217) 782-5256.​​​

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