What is Title I? Title I is the largest federal assistance program for our nation’s public schools. Re-authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001, Title I funding helps ensure that eligible schools receive additional reading and math support for students in need.
Title I Overview
- Improve literacy and math skills
- Promote critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Encourage family involvement in the education of children
Funding and Program Models - Title I funds are allocated to each state, and the states, in turn, allocate funds to local school systems based on the percentage of low income families. Spotsylvania County Schools use Title I funds to serve students in kindergarten through grade 5 to provide additional reading and math support. Title I serves schools with two models:
- Schoolwide Programs focus on schools’ overall educational programs to raise academic achievement for all students.
- Targeted Assistance Programs provide services to a select group of students identified as having the greatest need in literacy or math development.
Title I Schools - Title I schools include parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff who work to:
- Promote partnerships with parents and the community
- Identify students most in need of educational suppport
- Set goals for improvement
- Measure student progress, using state and local standards
- Provide academic assistance that supplements regular classroom instruction
- Provide opportunities for professional development for school staff