Frequently Asked Questions
What is Title I?
Title I is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. It provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. At risk students include students identified as failing or at risk of failing the state’s challenging standards. Students who qualify for Title I services receive extra instructional assistance beyond the regular classroom in reading and mathematics. Title I programs service at- risk students at all levels in both public and private schools.
How Do Schools Qualify to Receive Title I Funds?
First, the federal government provides money to each state. Then, the State Education Agency determines which schools receive funding. In Rhode Island it is the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) who is responsible for allocating funds. The amount of money each school receives depends upon the number of low-income students attending the school. However, students do not have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.
What Do Title I Programs Do?
Title I programs identify students who need the most educational assistance based on the measures the school has chosen. This usually involves testing, teacher observation, and teacher recommendation. Once students are identified, goals are set for them, and they are closely monitored to be sure they are making progress. Title I programs provide smaller classes or instructional spaces. Students receive one-on-one or small group instruction. They are provided with extra teaching time beyond the classroom. Additional teaching materials are available to support a student’s regular classroom instruction.
What Can Parents Do to Help?
Parents can help by becoming an active participant in the Title I parent involvement plan at their child’s school. Every Title I school is required to have a Parent Involvement Policy and a Parent Compact detailing the responsibilities of parents and agreed upon by parents and educators. Title I parents agree to serve as role models for their children. Title I parents support their children’s education by supporting the efforts of the Title I program in the school. Title I parents are aware of their children’s performance and progress and tell their children how important their progress is to them.
How well students do in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. The following list of suggestions will help.