Title I -What Parents Need to Know
Frequently Asked Questions about Title I
Title I Annual Parent Meetings, November 2013
What is Title I?
- “Title I” is short for the “Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.”
- Title I is the nation’s largest federal assistance program for schools.
- The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children regardless of race/ethnicity or social-economic status have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and to reach high academic standards of achievement on state assessments/tests. Lucie E Campbell Elementary School is a “Reward School” based on the 2012-13 TCAP scores. This means that LEC is improving academic achievement standards and met their Annual Measure Objectives (AMO) for its students as set by the State Department of Education.
- Title I serves millions of elementary and secondary students in schools each year through either schoolwide or targeted assistance programs. Lucie E Campbell has a Title I schoolwide program.
- Schoolwide Title I programs serve all students in a school. Schools in which a specified percent of the students meet certain income guidelines are designated as schoolwide programs. Schoolwide programs can combine Title I funds with other federal, state, and local funds to improve school programs.
- Schoolwide Title I programs allow schools to offer more services to help students in the classroom, such as tutoring; to provide extra resources for instruction and learning, such as computers and additional instructional materials; to provide teachers/staff with extra professional development/training; and to provide a variety of teaching methods and materials.
How Does Title I Work?
Federal, state and local governments work together in the following ways:
- The federal government provides funds to states submitting a plan that describes (1) what all students are expected to know and be able to do; (2) the standards of performance that all students in that state are expected to meet; (3) ways to measure the progress of schools in that state.
- The state educational agency sends the money to school districts that qualify.
- The local school district identifies eligible schools and distributes Title I resources.
How Does Title I Help Students?
Title I schools strive to:
- Identify students most in need of educational help;
- Set goals for improvement; state standards help schools measure progress by comparing assessments of all students;
- Measure student progress using standards set in the state’s Title I plan; student progress is measured each year by administrators, teachers and parents to ensure all students are reaching the goals set for improvement;
- Involve parents in all aspects of the program; a school family engagement plan helps parents understand and take part in the school’s efforts;
- The parent/student/teacher/school compact states the goals and responsibilities of parents, students and schools.
How do parents become an important part of the Title I team?
You can make a difference by participating in your child’s education by doing the following:
- Attend school events
- Join parent organizations (PIE,50/50 Club, Watch D.O.G.S., etc.)
- Attend parent-teacher conferences; review progress reports/communications concerning your child and the school
- Be a volunteer in your school
- Meet other parents and teachers
- Talk about homework with your child
- Show how schoolwork relates to daily life
- Keep teachers informed about events and issues that may affect your child’s work or behavior
How are Title I schools evaluated?
- The Title I Schoolwide program is reviewed and revised each year by administrators, teachers and parents. An annual school improvement plan is written that supports the goals and needs of the school.
- Title I programs are monitored for compliance each year by personnel from local, state, and federal agencies.
Everyone benefits from Title I. Thank you for being a part of a winning team at Lucie E. Campbell Elementary School.