What is Title I?
Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the largest federally funded education program that provides financial assistance to local school systems and schools to ensure that disadvantaged students have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments by providing additional academic support and learning opportunities. School systems must apply for the Title I, Part A grant every year and eligibility is based on a school’s Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs) rate.
Title I Program Models
- Schoolwide I Programs: Schoolwide programs allow for all students and families in high poverty school zones to be eligible for Title I services. Title I schoolwide programs are based on a comprehensive plan of academic support that detail how all instruction, assessment resources, and teachers that have met state licensure and certification requirements support the academic achievement of all students.
- Targeted Assistance Programs: In a Title I Targeted Assistance program, all instruction, resources, and staff focus on improving the academic achievement of an identified group of students and families.
What are the Benefits of being a Title I School?
Through the Title I, Part A grant, Title I schools are able to provide students with educational support beyond the regular classroom. Benefits may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Increased opportunities for family engagement
- Additional teachers and instructional assistants
- Supplementary instructional materials
- Increased technology in schools
- Tutors and specialized instructional support
- Additional professional development opportunities for staff
Office of Title I
5980 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646