Title I & Other Federal Support Programs

State Agency Programs (Subpart 1)

Title I Part D provides financial assistance to educational programs for youth in State-operated institutions (Subpart 1) and to support school districts' programs involving collaboration with locally operated community day programs (Subpart 2). The federal government allocates funds to states based on an annual survey. These funds are then redistributed through district Title I grants or awarded directly to state agencies.

The goals of the program are to: (1) Ensure that youth who are neglected or delinquent have the opportunity to meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet; (2) Improve educatonal services for children and youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system; (3) Provide children and youth who are neglected or delinquent with the services needed to make a successful transition from institutions to schools and/or employment; (4) Prevent youth who are at risk of academic failure from dropping out of school; and (5) Provide children and youth who have dropped out of school, or who are returning to school after residing in an institution, with a support system to ensure their continued education.
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Memorandum: Annual Title I Count of Youth in State Agency Operated Delinquent Facilities - School Year 2017-2018
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Annual Count Form (State Agencies)

Annual Count Instructions (State Agencies)

Title I, Part D: Instructions for State Agencies

PART I - Institution and State Agency

Enter the names of the institution and State agency. A separate form must be completed for each institution if the applicant operates more than one site that is seeking eligibility

PART II - Basis for Eligibility

Respond "yes" or "no" to each of the three questions. If the answer is no to any one of these questions, the institution or community day program does not qualify.
  • In question 1 a "regular program of instruction" means an education program (not beyond grade 12) in an institution or a community day program for neglected or delinquent children that consists of classroom instruction in basic school subjects such as reading, mathematics, and vocationally oriented subjects, and that is supported by non-Federal funds. Neither the manufacture of goods within the institution nor activities related to institutional maintenance are considered classroom instruction.
  • In question 2 a "State agency" means an agency of State government responsible for providing free public education for children in institutions for neglected or delinquent children, community day programs for neglected or delinquent children, and adult correctional institutions.
  • In question 3 an "average length of stay" is calculated by determining the length of time each child entering the institution stays and dividing that number by the total number of children passing through that institution during a given year. The average length of stay for all children in the institution must equal at least 30 consecutive days. An individual child in an institution, however, would not necessarily have to stay for 30 days.

PART III - Type of Institution and Enrollment

Category Check the category that fits the definition of the institution. Do not report institutions that do not meet any of the four definitions. Enrollment For the category of institution checked, furnish the number of children under 21, through age 20, enrolled1 in a State-funded regular program of instruction on a date during February 2014 (February caseload).

In order to be counted as enrolled, a child must be enrolled in a State-funded regular program of instruction for at least:
  • 20 hours per week if in an institution for neglected or delinquent children or a community day program for neglected or delinquent children; or
  • 15 hours per week if in an adult correctional institution.

PART IV - Adjusted Enrollment to Reflect the Relative Length of the State Agency's Annual Program

Multiply the enrollment determined in Part III by the number of days in the year that the educational program operates. Divide that number by 180 to determine the adjusted enrollment.

PART V - Certification

The appropriate institution and State agency official should sign certifying that the information provided meets the requirements of Title I, Part D, Subpart 1, and is complete and accurate. (Note, because these data will generate Federal funds, they are subject to audit and must be supportable from documented records.) For purposes of the annual count, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in consultation with the National Delinquent Technical Assistance Center (NDTAC), has determined that a student, under 21 years of age (through age 20), may be considered 'enrolled' only if the facility has done sufficient and documentable intake and outreach with a potential enrollee. Furthermore, facilities must use educationally-related intake forms and testing materials that clearly describe why the testing is being conducted and what offerings are available to potential students; a student shall not be counted based solely upon his or her presence in a facility. Finally, facilities must be able to provide evidence that they can offer a 'program of instruction' for the number of hours stated in Part II and III above.
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