Schoolwide programs are not districtwide and must be planned for and implemented at each individual school building (also known as attendance center) in the district. A Title I, Part A schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school with a poverty percentage of 40% or more in order to improve the achievement of the lowest-achieving students.
A school operating a schoolwide program may consolidate federal, state, and local funds to better address the needs of students in the school. Schoolwide schools must maintain records that demonstrate the use of funds from all federal programs. These records must address the intent and purposes of each of the federal programs that were consolidated to support the schoolwide program. Separate fiscal accounting records or the identification of specific activities is not required.
Supporting School Reform by Leveraging Federal Funds in a Schoolwide Program, Non-Regulatory Guidance, September 2016:
Examples of Uses of Funds in a Schoolwide Program (Based upon a Needs Assessment)
- Increased learning time (extended day or year)
- High-quality preschool or full-day kindergarten
- Strategies for assisting preschool children in the transition from early childhood education to elementary school
- Evidence-based strategies to accelerate acquisition of content knowledge for English learners
- Equipment, materials, and training needed to compile and analyze data to monitor progress, alert the school to struggling students, and drive decision making
- Devices and software that allow students to access digital learning materials and collaborate with peers and related training for educators (including accessible devices and software needed by students with disabilities)
- Professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school personnel to improve instruction and use of data from academic assessments, and to recruit and retain effective teachers, particularly in high need subjects
- Instructional coaches to provide high-quality, school-based professional development
- School climate interventions (e.g., anti-bullying strategies, positive behavior intervention supports, restorative justice programs, school safety programs, etc.)
- Educational materials and resources to accelerate learning (curriculum, intervention programs and staff, etc.)
- Activities shown to be effective for increasing family and community engagement
- Family literacy programs
- Counseling, mentoring services, and school-based mental health programs
- Career and technical education
- Access to coursework to earn postsecondary credit while still in high school (such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual or concurrent enrollment, or early college high schools)
- A school using funds for dual or concurrent enrollment program may use such funds for any of the costs associated with such program, including the costs of:
- training for teachers, and joint professional development for teachers in collaboration with career and technical educators and educators from institutions of higher education, where appropriate, for the purpose of integrating rigorous academics in such program;
- tuition and fees, books, required instructional materials for such program, and innovative delivery methods; and
- transportation to and from such program.
A school that operates a schoolwide program under this section may use funds available under this part to establish or enhance preschool programs for children who are under 6 years of age.
Delivery of Services
The services of a schoolwide program under this section may be delivered by nonprofit or for-profit external providers with expertise in using evidence-based or other effective strategies to improve student achievement.
Supplemental Funds, Not Services
A school participating in a schoolwide program shall use funds available to carry out this section only to SUPPLEMENT the amount of funds that would, in the absence of funds under this part, be made available from non-federal sources for the school, including funds needed to provide services that are required by law for children with disabilities and English learners.
Reasonable and Necessary
All expenditures must be reasonable and necessary.