What is Title 1?
Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is the largest federally funded education program that provides extra support to students who are academically at-risk in public and private schools. Through Title 1, the government allocates funds to school districts around the country based on the number of low-income families in each district. Title 1 funds are designed to help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their peers. The purpose of Title 1 is to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments. There are two models for Title 1 programs:
- Schoolwide Programs
School-wide programs allow for all students and families in high poverty school zones (over 40% poverty) to be eligible for Title 1 services. Title 1 schoolwide programs are based on a comprehensive plan of academic support that details how all instruction, assessment resources, and highly qualified teachers support the academic achievement of all students.
- Targeted Assisted Programs
All Title 1 resources and support are focused on an identified group of students and families. In Targeted Assisted Programs, all instruction, resources, and a highly qualified staff support the improved academic achievement of the identified students and families.
What are the Benefits of Title 1?
A Title 1 program will provide your child with educational support beyond the regular classroom. Some benefits may include but are not limited to the following:
- Increased parental involvement
- Increase in technology
- Smaller classes or specialized instructional support
- Additional teachers and instructional assistants
- Additional professional development for school staff
- Supplementary instructional resources