Title I

  • Title I Overview

    Title I is the largest federal funding program for education. Title I provides financial assistance through State educational agencies (SEAs) to local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools with high numbers or percentages of poor children to help ensure that all children meet challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards.

    LEAs target the Title I funds they receive to public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families. Schools enrolling at least 40 percent of students from poor families are eligible to use Title I funds for schoolwide programs that serve all children in the school.

    Title I is designed to support State and local school reform efforts tied to challenging State academic standards in order to reinforce and amplify efforts to improve teaching and learning for students farthest from meeting State standards. Individual public schools with poverty rates above 40 percent may use Title I funds, along with other Federal, State, and local funds, to operate a "schoolwide program" to upgrade the instructional program for the whole school.
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    Title I Components

    All Title I schools must complete as comprehensive needs assessment that drives all aspects of school operations.

    • School reform strategies must be implemented to address the identified needs. 
    • There must be high quality and ongoing professional development for staff to address the needs of the school. 
    • Parent involvement is critical and integral part of day-to-day operations in a Title I School. 
    • Strategies are in place to aid in the transitions between academic grade levels, as well as school levels, i.e., pre-school to kindergarten and elementary to middle school. 
    • Teachers are actively involved in the use of assessments and instructional decisions are driven by data analysis. 
    • Title I schools develop specific instructional activities for students identified with the greatest needs. 
    • Title I schools coordinate and integrate resources and services from federal, state, and local sources.