Title I Services in Rockingham County
Basic Information about Title I
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. The intent of Title I is now carried forward with the passage of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) in 2016-2017.
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 and evidence-based practices to develop and implement effective instruction for all students
• use inclusive approaches to strengthen the school’s organizational structure
• consolidate resources to achieve program goals
• engage in continuous self-assessment and improvement through the NCStar school improvement platform
Ten of the twelve elementary schools in Rockingham County have been designated as Title I Schoolwide Programs as well as two of the four middle schools (see below for Title I School List). A schoolwide program allows additional resources that may be provided to all students however, those students who are in danger of failing to meet state standards will receive priority status for additional instructional resources. Strategies implemented in Title I schools include the Balanced Literacy approach, including small group Guided Reading instruction using Leveled Books, Leveled Literacy Intervention, Wilson Reading and Fundations, Self Selected Reading. Other instructional initiatives include Math Foundations, instructional technology integration, and the utilization of data through professional learning communities of educators to strengthen instruction and positiviely impact student achievement. Computerized programs such as Discovery Education, Achieve3000, SmartyAnts, and Motivation Math and Reading Series are utilized to support teaching and learning.
Title I School List:
John W. Dillard Academy
Holmes Middle School
Reidsville Middle SchoolSouth End ElementaryStoneville Elementary
Non-Public Schools Equitable Services
Rockingham County Schools are in the process of preparing Federal Projects for the 2018-2019 school year. These projects include Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV and Migrant Education.
Please call Cathy Stadler at Rockingham County Schools at 336-627-2680 if you have questions or are interested in learning more about these Federal Funds.