What’s it All About?
Most educators, parents and community members have heard the term Title 1 School thrown loosely around, but what is it? Title 1 is the nation’s oldest and largest federally funded program, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Annually, it provides over $14 billion to school systems across the country for students at risk of failure and living at or near poverty. In fact, over the course of the 2009-2010 school year, federal funding through this program was used by over 56,000 public schools nationwide in order for struggling students to meet state standards in a variety of subject areas.
Originally, the idea of Title 1 was enacted in 1965 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This policy committed to closing the achievement gap between low-income students and other students. The policy was rewritten in 1994 to improve fundamental goals of helping at-risk students. With the implementation of No Child Left Behind, schools must make adequate yearly progress on state testing and focus on best teaching practices in order to continue receiving funds.
Title I, Part A, provides resources to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to get a quality education, resulting in their attainment of high academic standards.
Title I targets resources to districts and schools whose needs are the greatest. The program is the largest federal program supporting both elementary and secondary education, and allocates its resources based upon the poverty rates of students enrolled in schools and districts.
Title I focuses on: (1) promoting school-wide reform in high-poverty schools and (2) ensuring students’ access to scientifically based instructional strategies and challenging academic content.
TITLE I SCHOOLS AND INSTITUTIONS
There are two types of Title I Schools. Schools can be designated as either Schoolwide or Targeted Assistance, depending on their qualifications. Read More.
MISSION/VISION FOR TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
A digital learning environment equips our teachers and students with the tools that are required to meet the needs of the modern and global society. Title I’s objective is to provide the framework for a blended digital approach to innovative teaching and learning.
EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in 2015. Most of the law involves federal money for Title I services to children and schools experiencing poverty. Title I schools must accomplish the following:
- Meet State’s objective in area of academic growth established every year by the state.
- Participate in instruction of state standards and CMAS testing.
- Have 100% of their teachers and instructional paraprofessionals identified as highly qualified.
- Provide a choice of attendance at a higher performing school if they are not making states academic growth targets and are in need of improvement for more than two consecutive years.
- Offer free private tutoring opportunities from state approved vendors for students who qualify if they have not met state academic growth targets for two or more consecutive years.
- Inform parents of their right to know the qualifications of their child’s teacher or long-term substitute teacher.
More information about the Every Student Succeeds Act can be found at the U.S. Department of Education website or on the Colorado Department of Education State Plan Development website. The CDE website also includes information about committee work, meetings, and more. You can also sign up to receive updates on the ESSA state plan development process.
TITLE I Family Engagement
DOCUMENTS FOR PARENTS
The Title I Department provides several documents to help parents understand what Title I is and what their rights are:
- Title I Brochure and Parent Rights (PDF)
- Title I Brochure (Spanish)
- Parent Rights (Spanish)
- Tips For Parent Teacher Conferences
- Tips For Parent Teacher Conferences (Spanish)
- Colorado Parent Information and Resources Center (CPIRC) information
- Colorado Parent Information and Resources Center (CPIRC) information (Spanish)
TITLE I RESOURCE SITES FOR PARENTS
- Colorado Department of Education (CDE)
- Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- U.S. Department of Education
MONTHLY LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR PARENTS TO SHARE WITH THEIR CHILDREN
(April 2015) Parents are thrilled when they find out they can make a difference in their children’s success; research shows that parent-child activities make the biggest difference of all. Parents have learning activities to help their children build skills in reading, math, science, and social studies plus ideas to develop positive character traits and improve study skills.
Title I Assistant Director
Central Title I Main Line: 303-982-0835