To: District Superintendents, County Superintendents, and Principals
From: Jack O’Connor, Title I Director
Re: 2017 Census Data Counts
Each year, the United States Department of Education (USED) sends to each state the population and poverty estimates for all Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) participating in federal formula grant programs. This data was released on December 3, 2018, and it is available at the following webpage: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/saipe.html.
The USED will use the 2017 Census data to calculate fiscal year 2019 (School Year 2019-20) allocations under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA). Each State Educational Agency (SEA) and LEA must review the data to make sure that it is accurate. The SEA and LEAs have until March 4, 2019, to challenge any data that is thought to be incorrect. The OPI does not handle the challenges, nor provide information on the process. These questions need to be sent to the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Program(SAIPE) Branch at
Phone: (301) 763-3193
Each email need to include the following: your name, mailing address, telephone number, email address, and organization affiliation. For more information and guidance concerning the Census Bureau’s challenge procedures click on the following link:
Information about the data sources and the methodology used to prepare these data are available at: http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/saipe/about.html
The list of school districts used for the 2017 Census estimates is based on the SY 2017–2018 school district boundary survey conducted by the Census Bureau with the help of the district mapping coordinator in your State. Please note that the school districts on this list include only “regular” school districts that have geographic boundaries. The list does not include, for example, special school districts that a State recognizes as LEAs, such as charter schools or regional vocational education districts. These LEAs do not require “corrections” to the Census Bureau’s boundary survey data; rather, the ESEA and 34 C.F.R. §200.72 require an SEA to adjust the SY 2019–2020 Title I, Part A LEA allocations that ED determines to accommodate new or special LEAs not included on the Census Bureau's SY 2017–2018 list.
Click HERE to access your district data.