How districts can use Title I and Title III funds to implement systems to collect, manage, and analyze assessment data

6736158045_6eb22f6d83_zAt Schoolzilla, we sometimes receive questions from districts about which funding pools they can use to fund their data efforts. To that end, we thought it’d be helpful to share a few pointsfrom the US Secretary of Education made in a guidance letter sent to Chief State School Officers on February 2, 2016. This letter is a follow-up to the Testing Action Plan released in October 2015 and illustrates how districts can use Title I and Title III funds to implement “systems to collect, manage, and analyze assessment data” aka comprehensive data platforms, like Schoolzilla.

Please see the excerpt below or read the letter in full, here.

Guidance from the Secretary of Education on how to use Title I and Title III funds to improve data use in your district:

  1. A district might reserve ESEA Title I-A funds off the top of its Title I allocation to help educators in Title I schools learn to manage and analyze student data in order to improve instruction and decision-making for school improvement efforts.
  2. A Title I school operating a schoolwide program, to the extent it is consistent with its comprehensive needs assessment, might develop and implement a data system to track student progress on classroom- or district-based formative and interim assessments to provide educators with comprehensive information about each student’s progress
  3. A district might use funds under ESEA Title III to analyze data from its annual English language proficiency assessment in order to tailor supports for individual English learners.

A district might reserve ESEA Title I-A funds off the top of its Title I allocation to provide targeted information to teachers in Title I schools to better support the needs of low-achieving students by breaking down assessment results into discrete areas of strength and deficit and designing instructional modules to address specific deficits.