The MDE is granting substantial approval to allow school districts and charter schools that have been awarded FY19 Title I School Improvement funds the authority to obligate funds for the purpose of implementing evidence-based interventions, activities, or strategies in the form of personnel, on-going job-embedded professional learning, and high-quality instructional resources.
Prior to July 1, 2018, all LEAs received substantially approvable status as authorized by 34 CFR 76.708 of their FY19 LEA Consolidated Plan which includes the Title I School Improvement program. Therefore, your LEA may obligate funds for the purposes mentioned above as of July 1, 2018. Any obligations that are not allowable under the program and/or not included in the aforementioned listing will be subject to questioned cost during an audit or monitoring of the program.
Please remember that Title I, A School Improvement Funds (1003) may only be used to support evidence-based interventions, strategies, or activities meeting the strong, moderate, or promising levels as outlined below.
An activity, strategy, or intervention that either – demonstrated a statistically significant effect on improving student outcomes or other relevant outcomes.
- strong evidence from at least one well-designed and well-implemented experimental study; OR
- moderate evidence from at least one well-designed and well-implemented quasi-experimental study; OR
- promising evidence from at least one well-designed and well-implemented correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias;
While a substantially approvable status allows for the obligation of funds, an LEA may not request reimbursement for FY19 Title I, School Improvement funds without an approved FY19 Title I School Improvement Funding Application. The period of obligation for these funds is July 1, 2018 – September 30, 2020.