Federal Programs

Federal Programs Manual


Federal and State Grant Programs Handbook for Schools

About Us

Our Federal Programs Department manages federal grant funding from Titles I-A, I-C, I-D, II-A, III, IV-A, and VI, and McKinney-Vento to support Salem-Keizer PreK-12 schools, the SKPS Native Education Program (NEP), the McKinney-Vento Program (MVP), and local private school Title programs. We are committed to supporting academic success for all through the innovative, effective, and compliant use of federal, state, and community resources.


ESEA: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is the primary federal law affecting K-12 education. The main goal of the ESEA is to help all students in the state reach proficiency in meeting state academic standards.

ESSA: In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed, which ended Oregon’s flexibility waiver effective August 2016. The ESSA requires states to develop accountability models that meaningfully differentiate schools for supports. As part of Oregon’s commitment to strengthening school district systems, ODE partners with school districts to better support schools in need of comprehensive (CSI) or targeted (TSI) supports.

Learn more about the ESEA/ESSA here

Our Programs

Title I-A is the largest source of federal education funding in the Salem-Keizer School District. The purpose of this grant is to provide additional support to schools that serve children who experience factors such as poverty or high mobility, because research has demonstrated a clear negative correlation between these factors and school success rate. Administration, teachers, and parents work together to develop a plan that utilizes the funding in such a way that all students can achieve their highest potential. Schools also use data based on their individual needs to create School Improvement Plans that prioritize their work around instruction, parent and family involvement, and professional development.

Learn more about the negative correlation between poverty and school success here

The SKSD provides multiple and ongoing opportunities to build capacity in our families.  Centrally offered classes for families may include:

  • English Acquisition for parents
  • Preparing for GED
  • Antibullying
  • Social media
  • Love and Logic
  • College and career readiness
  • Strengthening families

We are always looking for suggestions and new community partners in this work. If you have suggestions or would like to become a community partner, please reach out to our Federal Programs Title I Department at 503-399-3353.

The general purpose of the Migrant Education Program (MEP) is to ensure that migrant students fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other students. The goal of the MEP is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.


Children are eligible to receive MEP services if they meet the definition of a migratory student and if the basis for their eligibility is properly recorded on a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Any student, age three through 21, who meets the statutory definition of migratory student, may be served by the MEP. To be eligible for the migrant program, all of the following requirements must be met. The student

  • Must be younger than 22 and not graduated from high school or received a GED
  • Must be a migrant agricultural worker, including dairy worker, or a migratory fisher or have a parent, spouse, or guardian who is a migrant agricultural worker, including dairy worker, or a migratory fisher
  • Must have moved within the preceding 36 months with a qualified worker due to economic necessity
  • Must have moved from one school district to another

Learn more about the SKPS Migrant Education Program here

Learn more about Title I-C here

This grant provides funds for youth in state-operated institutions or community day programs. It also aids school districts who work with local correctional facilities. The goals of Title I-D are to:

  • Improve educational services for these children so they have the opportunity to meet challenging State academic content and achievement standards;
  • Provide them with services to successfully transition from institutionalization to further schooling or employment; and
  • Prevent youth who are at-risk from dropping out of school, and to provide dropouts and children and youth returning from correctional facilities with a support system to ensure their continued education

Learn more about Title I-D here

Salem-Keizer Public Schools currently consolidates Title II-A funds into Title IV-A for greater flexibility.

The purpose of Title II-A is to improve teacher and leader quality and focuses on preparing, training, and recruiting high quality teachers and principals. The Title II-A program is designed, among other things, to provide students from low-income families and minoritized students with greater access to effective educators. It is critical that State Educational Agencies (SEAs) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) consider how to best use these funds, among other fund sources, to ensure equity of educational opportunity. In general, Title II-A funds can be used to provide supplemental strategies and activities that strengthen the quality and effectiveness of teachers, administrators, and other school staff.

A complex web of state and federal laws govern the services that public school districts must provide to students who are not proficient in English. Some of those laws are mandatory for all districts while others apply only to districts that receive certain funding. State and federal laws around services for English Learners (ELs) share the same goal – ensuring that English learners benefit from their education. All districts have a dual responsibility toward their ELs: (1) to teach the English language; and, (2) to ensure on-grade level core content is accessible to ELs while they are learning English.

Learn more about the SKSP English Language Acquisition Program here

Learn more Title III Guidance and Research here

Visit the ODE Title III Website here

The purpose of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program is to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of states, local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities to:

  • Provide all students with access to a well-rounded education
  • Improve school conditions for student learning
  • Improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students

LEAs must prioritize SSAE funds to schools that:

  • Have the greatest needs as determined by the LEA
  • Have the highest percentages or numbers of low-income children
  • Are identified for comprehensive support and improvement under Title I-A
  • Are implementing targeted support and improvement plans under Title I-A
  • Are identified as a persistently dangerous school under Section 8532

Learn more about Title IV-A here

The Title VI department works closely with local educational agencies, American Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and more to ensure that programs that serve our American Indian and Alaska Native children are of the highest quality. This work also aims to provide not only for the basic elementary and secondary educational needs, but also recognize the unique, culturally related academic needs of all AIAN children.

Learn more about the SKPS Native Education Program here

Learn more about Title VI here

This grant guarantees all children and youth the right to an equal education, regardless of their living situation. Protection under the McKinney-Vento Act extends to those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Those covered by the law have the right to:

  • Expedited enrollment in the appropriate school
  • Receive free/reduced lunch
  • Attend their school of origin (including the necessary transportation)
  • Receive support from their district’s McKinney-Vento Liaison

Learn more about the SKPS McKinney-Vento Program here

Learn more about the McKinney-Vento Act here

School Identification under Oregon’s ESSA Accountability Model

Identification of CSI and TSI schools takes a holistic approach by looking at multiple data points called indicators. Those indicators include:

  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • English Language Arts (ELA)/Math Achievement
  • ELA/Math Growth
  • English Learner (EL) Progress Towards Proficiency
  • 9th Grade-on-Track
  • 4-Year Graduation
  • 5-Year Completion

Under the new model, each indicator will be ranked by levels (1-5). Level 3 represents the state average. Schools identified for Comprehensive (CSI) and Targeted (TSI) Supports for Improvement are defined as:

  • CSI – Any Title I school with a Level 1 in at least half of the rated indicators and any high school with a four-year graduation rate below 67%.
  • TSI – Any school with a specific group of students with a Level 1 in at least half of the rated indicators, which include the four-year graduation rate and five-year completer rate.

Free Title I-A Preschool

Title I-A currently supports eight different elementary schools to provide free preschool for our incoming students. There are openings in both the English and Spanish sections. For more information, go to the Preschool page or call 503-399-5510.




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Superintendent Christy Perry

Wendy Roberts, Coordinator of Federal Programs

Stephanie Nguyen, Title I-A Program Associate

Donna Basl, Title I-A Administrative Assistant

Ke’alohi Tombleson, Title I-A Senior Secretary



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