Title I is the largest federal program supporting elementary and secondary education. Title I targets districts and schools where the needs are the greatest. It is intended to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic assessments. Title I provides the flexible funding that may be used to provide additional instructional staff, professional development, extended time programs, and other strategies for raising students achievement in high-poverty schools.
How it Works
Title I, Part A, provides grants to school districts, which then allocates most of these funds to individual Title I schools based on the number of low income children. Title I funds are most commonly used for instruction in reading and mathematics.
Schools may use Title I funds for one of two approaches:
High-poverty schools (those with 40% or more students from low-income families) are eligible to adopt schoolwide programs to raise the achievement of low achieving students by improving instruction throughout the entire school, thus using Title I to serve all children.
Parental involvement means participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities ensuring:
that parents play an integral and meaningful role in assisting their child’s learning
that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school
that parents are full partners in their child‘s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child
If the Title I program plan is not satisfactory to parents of participating children, the district will submit any parent comments when the school submits the plan to the State Department of Education (SDE). Parents may also refer to Board Policies GC and/or GCA.
Title I Parents Right to Know
As a parent of a student at Bartlesville Public Schools, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers. The school district is required to provide this information in a timely manner, if asked. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:
Whether Bartlesville Public Schools has a licensed or qualified teacher for the grades and subjects he/she teaches
Whether the Oklahoma State Department of Education has determined that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances
The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees
Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications
Also, the school must notify parents if their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not licensed or qualified for the grade and subjects he/she teaches.
For more information about Title I Programs, please contact:
Dr. Stephanie Curtis
Director of Federal Programs
Education Service Center
(918) 336-8600 ext. 1027 CurtisSA@bps-ok.org