Title 1 is a federal program providing financial aid to school districts throughout the country to support supplementary educational programs for those students who qualify. The allocation of funds for each school district is based on a legislative formula dependent upon the distribution of low income children and state per pupil expenditures. However, Title 1 services in Nottingham are provided to eligible children at targeted grade levels who qualify as needing assistance in mathematics regardless of income. (see Title 1)
The Nottingham Title 1 Math Tutoring Program is primarily conducted during the regular school day with after school tutoring provided as need requires. Title 1 funds are also used in Nottingham to support special events for parents and students, support for homeless and migrant students, and professional development in math for Title 1 staff.
The Title 1 Math Program is targeted to serve eligible students in grades K-3 with additional services provided to homeless and migrant students throughout all grade levels based on need. Services are provided to our younger population of students who meet specific selection criteria involving their assessment scores and classroom performance. Focused assessment throughout the school year provides an ongoing record of student progress which enables teachers and Title 1 tutors to tailor instruction to meet the specific individual needs of each child.
It is our expectation that children who receive Title 1 services will be able to achieve closer to their individual potential resulting in improved basic math skills. Research indicates that students participating in Title 1 make gains in their academic achievement.
Selection criteria for participation in our Title 1 program includes:
· Teacher recommendation
Program Planning and Evaluation
In addition to feedback from the annual parent meeting, a questionnaire/survey is sent home to Title 1 parents seeking input into the program and how participation impacted on their child. The results of that survey will be used to evaluate the total program and to determine what, if any changes should be considered. Nottingham’s Title 1 Program is evaluated during an on-site visit conducted by the N.H. Dept. of Education every three years. All financial business is administered through SAU #44.
A Title 1 newsletter is distributed to Title 1 parents quarterly or more often as necessary to keep parents informed and up to date. Additional notices are sent announcing special parent meetings and trainings. A summer practice and information packet is also distributed to all Title 1 students. The Nottingham School website contains a wealth of information on Title 1 services as well as useful information on how parents can work with their children to improve math and reading skills. Pertinent Title 1 program policies and procedures are attached to tutoring permission forms.
Currently, Nottingham’s Title 1 Grant supports one full time math tutor plus a part-time program coordinator. Unfortunately, due to the loss of stimulus funds and a reduction in regular program federal funding over the past few years, an additional part time tutor position has been eliminated. Our current full time tutor is a N.H. certified math teacher who has experience tutoring students at several grade levels. Our part time coordinator’s position is currently held by a N.H. certified K-8 teacher and administrator with over 45 years of experience in education.
Title 1 Staff
The Title 1 staff looks forward to working within the Nottingham School Community to help students develop self-confidence as learners and to strengthen their proficiency in math.
Nottingham School is committed to the involvement of parents in the education of their children. We encourage your help and assistance in a variety of ways:
· Participation in parent/teacher conference days, parent meetings, open houses, and other information meetings and school events
A parent must sign a permission form before a child can participate in the Title 1 Program at Nottingham School. The form will include all pertinent information regarding the tutoring offered. Along with this form, parents will be provided a copy of the Parent Involvement Policy and the School’s Learning Compact (see below). Parent must sign and acknowledge that they have read and have accepted Parental Responsibilities as outline in the Learning Compact.
The Annual Title 1 Parent Meeting is held each fall in conjunction with Open House. The purpose of the meeting is to explain the Title 1 Program, meet with Title 1 staff, and discuss how parents can become involved in their child’s education.