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As Iowa works to implement the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Iowa Department of Education (Department) is committed to assisting area education agencies (AEAs), school districts (also referred to as local education agencies [LEAs]), and schools in understanding and using their federal funds appropriately. Here you will find:

  • Federal program contact information,
  • Up-to-date title-specific guidance, and
  • General ESSA resources to help in implementing and applying for federal funds.


ESEA Title ProgramConsultant
Equitable Services for Nonpublic School StudentsRachel Bosovich, State Ombudsperson
Title I, Section 1003—School ImprovementStacie Stokes
Title I, Part A (Title IA)—Title I, Part A—Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAsVeronica Andersen
Title I, Part C (Title IC)—Education of Migratory ChildrenRachel Pettigrew
Title I, Part D, Subpart 1 (Title ID1)—Neglected, Delinquent, and At-Risk State Agency ProgramsElisa Koler
Title I, Part D, Subpart 2 (Title ID2)—Neglected, Delinquent, and At-Risk Local Agency ProgramsElisa Koler
Title II, Part A (Title IIA)—Supporting Effective InstructionAmy Huebner
Title III, Part A (Title IIIA)—English LearnersRachel Pettigrew
Title III, Part A (Title IIIA)—Immigrant StudentsRachel Pettigrew

Title IV, Part A (Title IVA)—Student Support and Academic Enrichment

  • Stronger Connections Grant

Hannah Walsh-West

Title IV, Part B (Title IVB)—21st Century Community Learning Centers

  • Out-of-School Time Career Pathway Program
Vic Jaras
Title V, Part B, Subpart 2 (Title VB2)—Rural and Low-Income Schools Program*Teresa Garcia
McKinney-Vento Homeless EducationIsbelia Arzola
Education of Students in Foster CareElisa Koler

*Title V, Part B, Subpart 1 - Small, Rural School Achievement Program contact information is intentionally omitted as funds flow directly to eligible LEAs.

General ESSA Guidance and Resources

Equitable Services for Nonpublic School Students

Equitable Service Process and Procedures Guidance (Updated 03-03-23) - Guides public agencies and accredited nonpublic school officials in understanding their respective roles in fulfilling the equitable service requirements to eligible nonpublic school students.

District Nonpublic Consultation Agreement Content (Updated 03-03-23)

Title I, Section 1003—School Improvement

ESSA Links

  • ESSA Support Site - Website provides resources aligned with the required and optional school improvement components for schools in Iowa's ESSA Plan.
  • ESSA Accountability Index: Identification for ESSA Assistance - Provides a visual of how schools are identified for Comprehensive and Targeted assistance in Years 1 and 3 of ESSA. Please note that the graduation rate is 67.1%, not 66%.
  • ESSA Fact Sheet - Provides an overview of Iowa’s school accountability and support system.

Title I, Part A—Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs

Helpful Title I, Part A Links: Resources Prepared for the December 16 Urban Education Network Meeting

2023-24 Every Student Succeeds Act Title I, Part A Excess Carryover Waiver Eligibility

Title I, Part C—Education of Migratory Children

Title I, Part D, Subpart 1—Neglected, Delinquent, and At-Risk State Agency Programs

Title I, Part D, Subpart 2—Neglected, Delinquent, and At-Risk Local Agency Programs

Title II, Part A—Supporting Effective Instruction

Title III, Part A—English Learners

Title III, Part A—Immigrant Students

Title IV, Part A—Student Support and Academic Enrichment

External Resources

Title IV, Part B—21st Century Community Learning Centers

Title V, Part B, Subpart 1—Small, Rural School Achievement Program

  • Title VB1 Allocations may be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s website, as funds are provided directly to eligible LEAs.

Title V, Part B, Subpart 2—Rural and Low-Income School Program

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

Education of Students in Foster Care

  • Education of Children in Foster Care - Webpage aims to assist state and local partners in understanding and implementing the new law and inform state and local collaboration between educational and child welfare agencies across the nation for the well-being of children in foster care.