Elementary & Secondary Education Act

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Federal funding for various types of programming are provided to schools through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is known since its reauthorization by Congress in 2015. MSAD #53 applies for and receives funding for Title IA – Improving Academic Achievement; Title IIA - Professional Development; and Title IVA - Student Supports and Academic Enrichment. These programs provide vital funds that support district educational programs. The district is required to share a percentage of Title II and IV funds with Maine Central Institute under the equitable services requirement for private schools.

ESSA/ESEA Data Dashboard  

The Maine Department of Education annually releases data showing how each school, district, and the State are performing on a wide range of educational goals.  These dashboards include a Snapshot tab that provides important information about each school or district, and other tabs that provide more detailed information. The purpose of these annual reports is to ensure transparency of school performance to families and community members. Visit the dashboard for information about MSAD #53 schools. 

Comprehensive Needs Assessment

The Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) is required for each school and includes demographic and academic data, analysis, and school goals based on the needs assessment. Data is updated annually. Other sections are updated as needed.

ESEA Federal Grants 

MSAD #53’s annual application and performance report can be found here, along with information about how students are determined to be eligible for Title I academic support in literacy and math. 

MSAD 53 Family Engagement 

Family involvement in education is critical to students’ success.  We want to share with you important information about our schools’ policies and plans for working with families. Annual Title I meeting information and parent notifications can be found here. 

Policy KBF: Parent Involvement in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

This board approved policy  outlines annual expectations for school and family responsibilities. All district schools have Title I “schoolwide” status, meaning that for federal Title IA purposes, all students are eligible for Title IA program support. 

School Compacts and Parent Involvement Plans: School compacts describe agreed upon expectations between students, parent/guardians, and school staff. Parent involvement plans identify school activities inviting family participation.

Teacher Credentials: Parents Right to Know

Parents/guardians in Title I schools have the right to request the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher(s). This request should be made by contacting the principal of the school their child attends. Parents have the right to know:

1)  Whether the student’s teacher:

2)  Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.


Parents/guardians in Title I schools have the right to request information regarding any State or District policy regarding student participation in State and District assessments. This request can be made by contacting the principal of the school the child attends. Information about specific State and District assessments can be found in each school’s Comprehensive Needs Assessment, Section 6a, and in Board Policy ILA Student Assessment.

Please send your questions or comments to Commentary on the ESEA application is welcome. 

Anne Miller, Director of Curriculum, Gifted/Talented and ESEA Coordinator

(including Title 1A and Title IIA)                                                                            

Tel: 207-487-5145