Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.
What Is Title I-A?
In October of 1994, President Clinton signed into law the Improving America's Schools Act, which emphasizes high academic standards for all children. Under this legislation, congress authorized federal funding for Title I-A schools. Title I-A will focus its efforts on helping these students meet the same high standards expected of all children. This will be accomplished through enrichment and acceleration, not remediation.
What Is a Schoolwide Program?
Title I money is used to improve academic achievement in reading and math. This is achieved through the hiring of paraprofessionals, supplementing curriculum, enhancing parent involvement and extending learning time for students who need extra help. These opportunities are provided to students throughout the school. Click HERE for more information.
What is a Targeted Assisted Program?
One of the primary differences between schoolwide program schools and targeted assistance schools is the requirement that the latter may use Title I, Part A funds only for programs that provide services to eligible children identified as having the greatest need for special assistance. Targeted assistance schools, therefore, may not provide services to all children in the school or in particular grades.
How Can Parents Participate?
Parents are a necessary part of Title I. Each Title I school has a Parent Involvement Policy to ensure that activities are planned to include parents. Schools also have School/Parent Compacts that spell out the goals, expectations, and shared responsibilities of schools and parents in students’ success. We invite you to contact your school’s Title I-A staff or the district Title I-A coordinator if you would like to serve on a committee or if you have questions or suggestions regarding Title I-A service.