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Title V, Part A - Innovative Programs


The U. S. Department of Education budget no longer includes an allocation for Title V, Part A (Innovative Education Programs).  Please remember that though there is no funding, the Title V, Part A program is still authorized and districts have the ability to use REAP Flex for that program.  In addition, if districts REAP-flex from other eligible programs into Title V-A, those funded activities must be used according to the Title V-A regulations and guidelines.

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) reauthorized former Title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as Title V, Part A – Innovative Programs (Title V-A). Title V-A provides formula grants to States and Local Districts to increase the academic achievement of, and improve the quality of education for all students. Under Title V-A, States and Local Districts may use funds in a variety of ways. The focus, however, is to increase student academic achievement.

Flexibility Options Under Title V-A

Under NCLB, LEAs are eligible to use funding for Transferability and Rural Education Achievement Plan (REAP). Under Transferability, LEAs can transfer up to 50% of Title V-A funds into any of the following programs: Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title II, Part D; Title III and Title IV, Part A. LEAs may also transfer up to 50% of the above mentioned programs, with the exception of Title I, Part A, into Title V-A. Keep in mind, transferring funds into Title I, Part A will increase the total amount of Title I, Part A funding and will increase the amount the LEA will base the set-a-sides on. LEAs may consider transferring federal funds into Title V-A as Title I, Part A activities are allowable uses for Title V-A funding.

REAP allows a LEA to transfer up to 100% of the funds (with the exception of Title I, Part A) into any of the above mentioned programs including Title I, Part A. Not all districts are eligible for REAP; refer to the link below for eligibility requirements and a list of those districts that are eligible.


Allowable Title V-A Activities:

Under Title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, there were nine allowable activities. With the reauthorization, there are now 5 goals and 27 innovative assistance areas allowable under Title V-A


  1. Proficiency in reading and math
  2. Highly qualified teachers and professional development
  3. Academic achievement through technology
  4. English proficiency
  5. Safe and civil learning environments

Innovative assistance area

  1. Programs to recruit, train and hire highly qualified teachers
  2. Technology, including professional development
  3. Acquisition of instructional and educational materials (including library services and materials)
  4. Promising education reform projects, including magnet schools
  5. Programs to improve the academic achievement of educationally disadvantaged students, including dropout prevention
  6. Adult education and family literacy programs
  7. Gifted and talented education
  8. Planning, design, and initial implementation of charter schools
  9. School improvement programs or activities under Sections 1116 and 1117
  10. Community service programs
  11. Activities to promote consumer, economic, and personal finance education
  12. Activities to promote, implement, or expand public school choice
  13. Programs to hire and support school nurses
  14. Expansion and improvement of school-based mental hearth services
  15. Alternative education programs for students who have been expelled or suspended
  16. Programs to establish or enhance pre-kindergarten programs for children
  17. Academic intervention programs that are operated jointly with community-based organizations
  18. Programs for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training
  19. Programs to establish smaller learning communities
  20. Activities that encourage and expand improvements throughout the area served by the LEA
  21. Initiative to generate, maintain and strengthen parental community involvement
  22. Programs and activities that expand learning opportunities through best practice models
  23. Programs to provide same gender schools and classrooms (consistent with applicable law)
  24. Service learning activities
  25. School safety programs
  26. Programs that employ research based cognitive and perceptual development approaches and rely on a diagnostic-prescriptive model
  27. Supplemental educational services, as defined in Section 1116(e)





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