What is Title 1 and how will it help my child?


Title One is a federally-funded support program. The goal of Title One Reading is to provide extra reading help and instruction for struggling readers. Title One instruction is specialized reading instruction that is provided through the cooperation of the classroom teacher and the Title One Reading teacher. This supplements classroom instruction. 

Supplemental reading instruction with the Title One Reading teacher will be in small groups, five times weekly for approximately 30-60 minutes each session.  Daily at-home reading is an integral part of the Title One Reading program. Parents should interact with their child while reading and discuss books that their children bring home. 

Title One Goals

To diagnose and identify specific reading problems in each eligible student. 

To supplement and support (not replace) the classroom reading instruction. 

To foster an enjoyment of books and to encourage reading as a leisure activity. 

To develop a positive attitude and self-confidence by providing reading success. 

To formulate and implement plans that will improve students’ reading skills. 

To help each student acquire the skills needed to function in the classroom. 

To obtain parental support and involvement in our program. 

To place more emphasis on Title One assistance at the primary level, as we believe more rapid results and a greater success rate will result from early intervention. 

Student Identification Process

Children receiving Title One assistance are those students who, for a variety of reasons, have fallen behind their peers in reading. The purpose of Title I is to help them catch up to grade level and succeed in the classroom. 

Any student in grades K-5 are eligible for the Title One program, with priority given to the youngest students. If reading problems are addressed when they first occur, children have a better chance to be successful in school. The opportunity to be a part of a Title One program is determined for each child and based on several pieces of information used by the Title One teacher. Each student is tested in the fall to determine their reading level. Students are tested and monitored throughout the school year to measure progress. A parent or guardian must sign the permission letter and send it back to the Title One teacher via their child to receive the additional help.

Tools used to identify students for the Title One Reading program:

For transitional kindergarten through first grades, multiple developmentally appropriate measures, which may include teacher judgement and parent interviews, are used to identify children in greatest need. 

For grades two and above, multiple educationally related, objective criteria and uniform procedures are used to identify and select students in greatest need for program participation. Students who score low on district reading assessments will be given first priority to receive Title One services. 

Exit Title One Program

Students may exit the program at any time during the year. Students will be dismissed from the program by showing grade level performance in the classroom, satisfactory performance on district reading assessments, and/or parent and teacher referral.