Title 1 Reading

Whitehall-Coplay School District

What is Title I?

Title I is a federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of educationally at risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities that support students struggling to make academic growth.

What will Title I do for my child?

The Title I program will provide your student with extra educational assistance beyond the regular classroom.

Which schools does Title I serve?

The federal program serves students in elementary and secondary schools who have demonstrated that extra assistance is needed. Title I also serves students who attend private schools.

In our school district, Gockley, Steckel, and Zephyr Elementary receive targeted assistance in grades K-5.

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 is received is determined by the number of low-income students attending the 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 in order to support/supplement regular classroom instruction.

What do Title I programs offer?

Title I programs generally offer:

  • Smaller classes or special instructional spaces
  • Additional teachers and para-professionals
  • Opportunities for professional development for school staff
  • Extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need
  • A variety of supplementary teaching methods
  • Additional teaching materials which supplement a student's regular instruction

How can I get involved?

Parents, you can influence the success of your student in school more than any teacher or federal program. By becoming an active participant in the Title I parent involvement plan at your school, you will:

  • Serve as a role model, showing your student that you support his/her education.
  • Assure that you are aware of your student's educational progress, thereby demonstrating how important that progress is to you.
  • Teach your student that your input at the school is appreciated and that you support its efforts.

What does research tell us?

Research shows that how well students do in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. You can become more involved by:

  • Joining our local school/parent organization
  • Serving on the Title I Parent Advisory Committee
  • Supporting school extra-curricular activities
  • Volunteering at the school
  • Attending parent-teacher conferences and Title I parent meetings
  • Communicating with your student's teacher regularly by writing notes, telephoning the school, etc.
  • Keeping your student's teacher(s) informed about events in his or her life that may affect his/her performance at school