What is Title I?
Title I is the largest federal aid program for elementary and secondary schools and is included under the regulations of the “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB) that was signed into law by President Bush on January 8, 2002. Under the Title I program, school districts receive federal funds through a multi-step allocation process. The federal funds are allocated according to a legislative formula based mainly on the distribution of low-income children. Once the funds reach the participating schools, children in those schools are selected for services on the basis of low academic performance, regardless of income. The Title I program may differ from one school to another. Each school receiving Title I funds makes use of these funds to address the identified needs of the school in regard to student performance.
The goal of the Title I program is to provide extra help and instruction to students who are experiencing difficulty with reading and/or mathematics in order that they may be successful in the regular classroom. The Title I and classroom teachers work together to plan instruction that will best meet the student’s academic needs. Students are selected for participation in the Title I program based on their performance on tests, class work, and recommendation from parents and/or teachers.
Students may be Title I participants for a brief period of time or for longer durations of time, depending upon their individual progress in attaining the skills necessary to be proficient at their grade level. Student assessment is on-going and provides the necessary information to develop current and future learning goals for the student.
Parents are an integral part of the Title I program in that the support given by the parent in helping their child is an essential component to student success. Effective communication between home and school is very important. The Title I program requires the development of a Home/School compact that describes how the teachers, parents, and students will work together to enhance academic success. In addition to the Home/School Compact, Title I programs require the development of a Parent Involvement Policy. This policy describes the procedures that the school will utilize to encourage and support parent involvement activities throughout the school year.
Parents Right To Know
Under the “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB), parents of children attending schools that use Title I funding have a right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their children’s teacher(s) or paraprofessional(s). This notice is to inform you of your right to ask for the following information about your children’s classroom teachers or paraprofessionals:
If you would like to receive information regarding the qualifications of your child’s teacher or paraprofessional, please contact your school principal
Our district is fully committed to the success of your child. We appreciate your partnership in our efforts to provide the best education for your child.