Title I

What is Title I?

(And what does it mean for Duncan Chapel?)

The 2017-2018 Plan

Title I is a federal program designed to assist schools with large numbers of students on free and reduced lunch.  Title I programs place emphasis on building relationships between school and families, and on improving student achievement.  At Duncan Chapel Elementary, Title I funding for 2017-2018 has helped in the following areas:

  • Two additional classroom teachers to provide smaller student-teacher ratios in regular education classrooms, five intervention teachers, and a Math coach.
  • SAIL Academy – Afterschool program for 1st-5th grades
  • Bilingual assistance for parents and students with a Title I parent involvement coordinator.
  • An on-site Title I social worker and a Title I nurse
  • Additional instructional resources like technology, classroom books, math materials, visual aids.
  • Additional opportunities for parent involvement, including better communication, and organized parent trainings and seminars offered by school faculty, community experts, and local agencies.
  • Additional professional development for teachers related to Mathematics instruction and Balanced Literacy.

.Accountability

Since July, 2012, schools in South Carolina operate under a statute known as the ESEA waiver rather than the previous No Child Left Behind law and AYP measures.

  • The ESEA waiver changes the method by which teachers and schools are evaluated.
  • For 2013-2014 under the new ESEA rules, Duncan Chapel received a rating of A. This grade designates that Duncan Chapel exceeds the standards set forth by state and federal accountability measures.
  • More information regarding the ESEA waiver and other accountability measures may be obtained from the SC Department of Education at the following website: www.ed.sc.gov

Parents’ Right to Know

Parents of all Title I schools, including Duncan Chapel, have specific rights pertaining to their knowledge of and involvement in their child’s education.

  • Parents will be informed of the qualifications of their child’s teachers
  • Parents will be offered opportunities to have input into the Title I plan and other school decisions
  • Parents will be informed of the school’s performance on federal and state accountability measures.