Part A - Oklahoma Champions of Excellence Program

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Levi Patrick
Assistant Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
(405) 522-3525

Timmie Spangler
Director of Instructional Resources and Libraries & Title IV-A Competitive Grant Claims Specialist
(405) 521-3456

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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 are part of a comprehensive strategy known as the Oklahoma Champions of Excellence Program. This program will establish rubrics for Programs of Excellence that will augment 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 were identified for the statewide competitive grant process, leading to the development of the first six draft 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

This year, new work is underway to expand the math and science rubrics to address K-12 programs. Additionally, new ELA and computer science rubrics will be ready in spring 2019.

Districts receiving more than $30,000 must spend...

  • At least 20 percent of funds for activities to support well-rounded educational opportunities (ESEA section 4107);
  • At least 20 percent of funds for activities to support safe and healthy students (ESEA section 4108); and
  • A portion of funds for activities to support effective use of technology (ESEA section 4109).

Within each of these areas, LEAs have broad flexibility to use the Title IV, Part A program funds for a variety of activities to improve student outcomes and address the opportunity gaps identified through the needs assessment. Grants receiving less than $30,000 only have to meet one of the stated requirements above. See the Title IV, Part A Guidance for more information.


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. While the competitive grant has concluded, all districts in Oklahoma received at least $15,000 and would benefit from learning more about the Title IV, Part A program as presented in these videos. The presentation used in these videos is available for viewing at

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 $
11,673,342 in formula funding under Title IV, Part A in 2018. The total cost, or 100%, of the Title IV, Part A formula grant 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.


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Last updated on February 27, 2019