Evaluating the Effect of Title I Funds on Resource Equity: A Case Study

Elizabeth Andrea Fernández-Viña, University of Pennsylvania


Funding plays an integral role in ensuring students have access to resources and services in public schools. Schools receive funding from local, state, private, and federal funds. Together, these financial sources contribute to and comprise the total revenue available to fund resources and services in schools. In the United States, the inequitable allocation of public-school funding results in variability among students’ access to resources and services in school and the communities within which they reside. Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, titled Improving the Academic Achievement of The Disadvantaged, intends to increase access to resources and services for students whose economic circumstances are associated with educational disadvantage. Through a case study of three school districts, this research examines how Title I funding builds on the existing resources and services paid for by districts. This research evaluates the intradistrict and interdistrict variability of students’ access to services and resources. In doing so, it evaluates how Title I affects resource equity within and among the three districts.

Subject Area

Education finance|Education Policy|Education

Recommended Citation

Fernández-Viña, Elizabeth Andrea, "Evaluating the Effect of Title I Funds on Resource Equity: A Case Study" (2022). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI29257583.