Section 31a At-Risk

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Program Description:  Section 31a of the State School Aid Act provides funding to eligible Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and Public School Academies (PSAs) for the intent and purposes focused on the following student outcomes:  attending school regularly, reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, being proficient in mathematics by the end of 8th grade, and being career and college ready by high school graduation.  An "At-Risk Pupil" is a pupil who is economically-disadvantaged or an English learner for whom the LEA has documentation that the pupil meets any of the following criteria:

  • Is chronically absent
  • Has low achievement on the 3rd grade English Language Arts (ELA), 8th grade mathematics, and 11th grade ELA, mathematics, and science State assessments (Michigan Merit Examination)
  • Is in jeopardy of not being proficient on 3rd grade ELA or 8th grade mathematics State assessments based on locally-administered assessments as part of the LEA's/PSA's Multi-Tiered System of Supports

Funds afforded through Section 31a At Risk are limited to instructional services and direct non-instructional services to pupils.  They are intended to be spent in the current State fiscal year and may not be used for administration or other related costs.  Legislation and technical assistance documents are available below.

Due to a review of the new Section 31a legislation, updated technical assistance materials will be posted soon.

Resource Materials

Program Reporting

The 2016-17 Section 31a Program Report will be due on July 15, 2017, and will be submitted through the Michigan Electronic Grants System Plus (MEGS+).