What is Title I?
What is Title I?
Title I is one of the nation's oldest and largest federal programs supporting elementary and secondary education. More than 90 percent of the school systems in the United States receive some sort of Title I funding.
Through Title I, the federal government disburses money to school districts based on the number of low-income families in each district as determined by census data. However, students do not need to be from a low-income family to benefit from Title I services. Each district uses its Title I money to supplement and improve regular education programs offered to help students meet state standards. Title I services are not special education services.
Title I is Based on Three Important Ideas:
1. All students should have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and to reach, at minimum, proficiency on state academic standards and assessments.
2. Local districts, schools, and parents know best what their students need to succeed. The Title I program allows them to decide how to use these funds to implement research-based proven practices to help students who are failing or who are at risk of failing in school.
3. Parents are partners in helping all students achieve. They have the right to be involved in the design and operation of their school's Title I program, and, at the same time, a responsibility to help their children succeed in school.
Students served by Title I funds include migrant children and youth, children and youth with limited English proficiency, children and youth who are homeless; children and youth who have disabilities; children and youth who are neglected, delinquent or at-risk; children in preschool activities; and any child or youth who is in academic need.
Which Stewartville Schools Does Title I Serve?
The Title I program serves students at Bonner Elementary Schools who have demonstrated that extra assistance is needed in the area of reading and/or mathematics.
How Does Our School Receive Title I Money?
First , the federal government provides funding to each state.
Then , each State Educational Agency sends money to its school districts. How much money each school receives is determined by the number of low-income students attending that school.
Finally, Title I schools:
• Identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based on the criteria that school has chosen. Students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.
• Set goals for improving the skills of educationally disadvantaged students at their school.
• Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title I program for each student.
• Develop programs for each individual student in order to support/supplement regular classroom instruction.
Title I Programs Generally Offer:
• Special instructional spaces
• Additional teachers and paraprofessionals
• Opportunities for professional development for school staff
• Extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need
• A variety of supplementary teaching methods
• An individualized program for students
• Additional teaching materials which supplement a student’s regular instruction