Title I, the cornerstone of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), is the largest federal education program. Its intent is to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach proficiency on challenging State academic content and performance standards.
Title I began with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, which provided federal funding for high-poverty schools to help students who are behind academically and at risk of falling behind. Services can include hiring reading specialists, tutors, technology assistants and additional teachers to reduce class size; purchasing instructional equipment, materials and supplies; providing parental training sessions; extending the school day and providing professional learning.
Funding supports Title I Schoolwide programs and Targeted Assistance programs, depending on the level of students that receive free- and reduced-price lunch in the school and how the school wants to function. The district has flexibility in determining the poverty level for qualifying schools to receive Title I funding. The minimum federal requirement is 40% of students receiving free- or reduced-price lunch. Schools receiving Title I funds have also gone through a one-year planning process. Schoolwide programs have flexibility in using their Title I funds, in conjunction with other funds in the school, to upgrade the operation of the entire school. Schoolwide programs must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment, identify and commit to specific goals and strategies that address those needs, create a comprehensive plan and conduct an annual review of the effectiveness of the Schoolwide program that is revised as needed.
• plan for comprehensive, long-term improvement
• serve all students with highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals
• provide continuous learning for staff, parents and the community
• use research-based practices to develop and implement enriched instruction for all students
• use inclusive approaches to strengthen the school’s organizational structure
• consolidate resources to achieve programs goals
• engage in continuous self-assessment and improvement
Thirteen of the Elementary schools in
Title I School List:
Lawsonville Avenue Elementary
Moss Street Elementary
South End Elementary