What is Title I?
Title I is the largest federal aid program for elementary, middle, and high schools. Through Title I, money is given to school districts around the country based on the number of low-income families in each district. Each district uses its Title I funding for educational services for children most in need of educational help. The focus of the Title I program is on helping all students meet the high standards expected of all children.
Purpose of Title I Program:
"...to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and read, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic academic achievement standards and state achievement assessments."
What does Title I pay for?
Title I is a supplemental program designed to provide instructional support to eligible students who exhibit an academic need to improve the educational program of an entire school. At McKinley Elementary, Title I funds pay for some or all of the following:
Full day Kindergarten teacher
Full day Kindergarten aide
Parent involvement nights
Additional supplies and materials
Professional development for instructional staff
Leader in Me program
Title I Determination:
Title I eligibility is based on the following criteria:
Percentage of students in each school who qualified for free and/or reduced lunch.
State numbers obtained on October 31st of the previous year.
Six schools in Box Elder School District are funded each year.
Title I Requirements:
With increased funding comes increased opportunities, but also increased expectations and accountability. Title I requirements include:
Instruction be research-based
Challenging academic content and standards (especially in reading, math, and science).
Same expectations for all students
Same assessments to measure achievement
Reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities
Inclusion of limited English proficient students
At least 95% of students be assessed from each target population
All teachers working in Title I schools must be "highly qualified" - or, a teacher with full certification and license to teach in the state. New teachers must have an undergraduate degree, appropriate license, and pass rigorous competency tests.