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.
How is Title I Eligibility Determined?
Each school's percentages of Direct Certification (DC) students under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program are used as the criteria of eligibility for receiving Title I funds.
Two Types of Eligibility:
- Targeted Assisted- May serve only students who have the greatest need for academic assistance as determined by multiple criteria
- Schoolwide- May serve all students within in the school; may upgrade the operation of the entire school
Targeted Assisted vs. Schoolwide:
- In order to qualify as a targeted assisted school, the school's CEP percentage must be at least 35%
- In order to qualify for schoolwide status, at least 40% of the school's total enrollment must qualify for Direct Certification
Flexible Use of Funds:
Schools that qualify for schoolwide status may use their funds to pay for educational programs that will benefit the entire school population which includes:
- Academically Gifted
- Exceptional Children
- English Language Learners
What Kinds of Services?
- Additional teachers to reduce class size
- Instructional Specialist
- Teacher assistants and other support staff
- Purchase of materials, supplies, and or equipment
- Professional development for teachers and staff
- Workshops and parental involvement activities for parents
For more information about Title I:
All three PK-8 schools in Alleghany County have been designated as Title I Schoolwide Programs
Title I Schools in Alleghany County:
Glade Creek Elementary
32 Glade Creek School Rd
Ennice, NC 28623
Ph: (336) 657-3388
Fax: (336) 657-3435
Dr. Gerald Miller, Principal
Piney Creek Elementary
559 Piney Creek School Rd
Piney Creek, NC 28663
Ph: (336) 359-2988
Fax: (336) 359-8246
Mr. Steve Hall,
Sparta School Elementary
450 North Main Street
Sparta, NC 28675
Ph: (336) 372-8546
Fax: (336) 372-8732
Mr. Dustin Webb, Principal
Mrs. Mary Beth Beasley,
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
The Rights of Parents
Parents have a right to:
- Request information about staff members' credentials from the principal.
- Know how your child's school is performing. The North Carolina School Report Card for your child's school will be sent home after it is released by the state. This typically occurs in November or December.
- Understand the Parental Involvement Policy.
What can parents do?
- Attend school events.
- Volunteer for schoolwide projects (must be an approved volunteer by the Alleghany County Board of Education)
- Participate in the School Improvement Team.
What can schools do?
- Invite parents to take an active role in the total school program.
- Reach out to parents through newsletters, special events, media outlets and/or parent-teacher conferences.
Missey R. Weaver
Pre-K- 8th Grade Curriculum and Title I Director
Alleghany County Schools