Title I

Suzie Hill, AES Title 1 Facilitator

864-355-1140 sdhill@greenville.k12.sc.us  

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What Is Title I?

Title I is the largest federal aid program for elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States. Begun in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of his “War on Poverty,” Title I today is part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). This legislation grants federal funds to schools with large numbers of poor children to provide extra educational services that help students achieve at high levels. Specifically, the objective of the Title I program is to enable all students to meet state and local student performance standards and for schools to achieve the Adequate Yearly Progress goals set by the South Carolina Department of Education./p>

How Does Title I Work?

The federal government provides Title I funds to schools each year. To obtain the funds, school must submit a plan describing the academic standards children are expected to meet and how academic progress will be measured .Schools then allocates Title I money to school program. School corporations target the Title I funds they receive to schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families. In addition, under Title I, participating public school corporations are required to provide supplemental educational services for eligible private school students.

How Big Is Title I?

Nationwide, more than 50,000 public schools (about 12.5 million students) receive Title I funds. Title I funds may be used for children from preschool to high school. However, most of the students served (65%) are in grades 1-6 while another 12% are in preschool and kindergarten. In schools, 97% of school corporations receive Title I funding.

What Happens At A Title I School?

Overall, the teachers, administrators, and other school staff at Title I schools work to:

There are two types of Title I program models allowed under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB): the school-wide program and the targeted assistance program. Schools are identified and authorized to implement one of these programs based on the percentage of students receiving free and reduced price lunches. Both school-wide and targeted assistance programs must be based on research-based strategies for improving student achievement and include strategies to support parent involvement.

School-Wide Program

Schools with poverty rates of 40% or higher are eligible to implement a school-wide program. The purpose of a school-wide program is to improve student achievement throughout the entire school. Individual students are not identified as eligible to participate. Rather, every child will benefit from the added services and programs that a school-wide Title I plan can offer. All school staff focus on upgrading the entire educational program and improving the achievement of all students, particularly those who are low-achieving. In addition, a school improvement plan must be developed and implemented with the involvement of parents, teachers, principals, and administrators. Essentially, a school-wide program helps a school do more for all of its students.

How Are Schools Held Accountable?

Schools receiving Title I funds are evaluated each year by administrators, teachers, and parents using state and local assessments to determine if the school has made Adequate Yearly Progress. If the program goals have not been met, program and school plans are revised.

What Role Do Parents Play?

Parental involvement is a critical component of Title I legislation. Schools receiving Title I funding are obligated to implement programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in school-related programs. Schools may also provide opportunities for parents to increase their knowledge and skills related to their children’s education. Such programs, activities, and procedures must be planned and implemented after meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.

Who Can I Contact For More Information?

Suzie Hill (Armstrong's Title 1 Facilitator) (864)355-1140
Randolyn Harmon (Title 1 Director) (864) 355-3359
Lee Emma George (Project Specialist) (864) 355-3358
Patricia Russell - (Project Specialist) (864) 355-8892

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400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-0498