What is Title 1?



2020-2021 Schools Served by Title I:

            Calhoun Elementary School

            Centerville Elementary School

            Homeland Park Elementary School

            Nevitt Forest Elementary School

            New Prospect Elementary School

            Varennes Elementary School

            Whitehall Elementary School



Title I — Improving The Academic Achievement Of The Disadvantaged

Title I, part of the  Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA),  is the largest federal aid program for elementary and secondary schools. The program was created over 40 years ago as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Under Title I, school districts receive federal funds to distribute to schools with above-average percentage of low-income children. Funds are allocated to schools according to the number of low-income children. Title I funds are supplemental to state and local funds and can only be used to pay the cost of programs that give extra help to qualifying students and schools.



 The purpose of Title I is to provide extra help and instruction for students so that they can be successful in the regular reading and math programs of the school district. The goal is to enable Title I students to meet the state’s high content and performance standards that are set for all children.


 Qualifying for Title I Funds:

A school qualifies for Title I funding when the required percentage of children attending the school meets specified income standards. Schools with at least 40% poverty may be eligible to become a schoolwide Title I program. 


Becoming a Schoolwide Program:

There are many steps to becoming a schoolwide Title I program. Prior to becoming a Title I Schoolwide Program a school must take the following steps:

·Needs assessment- School administrators, teachers and parents conduct a year-long study to see what is needed for all students to meet the state’s standards.


·Planning- The schoolwide planning team decides which programs best meet the identified needs on the assessment.


·Professional development- All school staff, teachers and administrators receive training in the programs used at their school.


 ·Getting resources in place- These may include Reading Recovery and Academic Assistance teachers, Instructional Specialists, Technology Coaches and assistants, teaching assistants, computers, and instructional supplies/materials.