Title IV, Part A

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Levi Patrick
Assistant Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Oklahoma State Department of Education

Oklahoma Champions of Excellence Grant

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The purpose of Title IV, Part A is to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities to—

  1. provide all students with access to a well-rounded education;
  2. improve school conditions for student learning; and
  3. improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

In Oklahoma, Title IV, Part A funds will be used as part of a comprehensive strategy known as the Oklahoma Champions of Excellence Program. This program will establish rubrics for Programs of Excellence that will supplement the existing accountability system by providing schools the option to celebrate aspects of their school programs. Title IV, Part A funds are not awards, but serve the role of investing into schools who are seeking to improve or advance student achievement by addressing well-rounded education, safe and healthy schools, and effective use of technology.

Six focal areas have been identified for the statewide competitive grant process and the Oklahoma Champions of Excellence Program is poised to grant no less than $50,000 for LEAs and consortia of LEAs to develop and implement programs and activities that support access to one or more of the following focal areas, thus advancing the designation of the LEA or member LEAs according to the Programs of Excellence rubrics:

  1. Fine Arts
  2. Mathematics (with an emphasis on improving quality of and access to coursework beyond Algebra 2)
  3. Science (with an emphasis on grades PK-5)
  4. Social Studies and Civics
  5. World Languages
  6. Safe and Healthy Schools

To be considered eligible for the Oklahoma Champions of Excellence Grant, an Oklahoma LEA or consortium of Oklahoma LEAs must meet each of the following requirements:

  1. coordination,
  2. stakeholder consultation,
  3. comprehensive needs assessment, and
  4. fiscal structure.

Introduction to the Oklahoma Champions of Excellence Program and Grant

The following introductory videos outline the intent and structure of the Oklahoma Champions of Excellence Program and Grant. Download the RFP to follow along at http://bit.ly/OK4A-2018-RFP. The presentation used in these videos is available for viewing at http://bit.ly/OK4A-2018-INTRO

Title IV.A Introduction Part 1

Title IV.A Introduction Part 2


attentionUSDE Statement

The United States Department of Education (USDE) awarded Oklahoma State Department of Education $4,209,568 in formula funding under Title IV, Part A in 2017. The total cost, or 100%, of the Title IV, Part A competitive grant program in Oklahoma is funded with these federal funds. The OSDE retains 5% of the funds for administrative costs and state activities related to the intent of Title IV, Part A. No non-governmental funding sources are used to finance this program.


Last updated on May 24, 2018