Understanding Title I
WHAT IS TITLE I?
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 TITLE I WORKS
Funds are provided to schools based on the number of students qualifying for free/reduced price lunch.
In Title I schools, teachers, administrators, other school staff, and parents work to:
- Identify students most in need of educational help;
- Set goals for improvement;
- Measure student progress;
- Develop programs that add to regular classroom instruction: and
- Involve parents in all aspects of the program
Title I schools usually offer:
- Smaller classes;
- Additional teachers and teacher assistants;
- Additional training for school staff;
- Extra time for instruction;
- A variety of teaching methods and materials; and
- Workshops and classes for parents.
The school’s program is revised each year by administrators, teachers and parents.
Title I serves children through:
- Schoolwide Programs
- Schools that have at least 40 percent of their children receiving free/reduced price lunch can develop Schoolwide Title I Programs to serve all students.
- Targeted Assistance Schools (TAS)
- Schools that use Title I funds focus on helping students most at risk of failing state assessments. Targeted assistance schools have special requirements such as the identification of students to receive services and time limits for instruction during the school day.
As a Parent, You're Part of the Title I Team
You have more influence on your child's education than any teacher or school. Your involvement can increase your child's achievement.
By taking an active role in your child's education, you're showing your child:
- How important he or she is to you;
- How important education is to you; and
- That you and the school are a team.
You know your child best, so it's up to you to:
- Share information about your child’s interest and abilities with teachers;
- Know whether your child’s needs are being met.
Your school needs your help to:
- Develop goals;
- Plan and carry out programs;
- Evaluate programs;
- Develop and/or revise the parent-school-student compact and parental involvement policy; and
- Work with your child at home, and volunteer at school.
Title I can help make sure that you, your child and your school have a winning team!