Title I Q and A
What is Title I?
Title I is a federal act that provides money to school districts. The money is used to develop programs to help support students at risk of school failure.
How is the money distributed?
The amount of money a district receives for Title I programs is based on census figures indicating the percentage of economically disadvantaged families in its area.
Can the money be used only for students who are economically disadvantaged?
No. In fact, Title I does not receive the names of those families. Title I programs serve those who are educationally at risk (children with reading, writing, and/or math deficiencies, and young children who have the potential for school problems).
How does Eastern Lancaster County School District use Title I funds?
The district is committed to providing a range of programs, instructional resources, and technology to prevent school failure.
What are the Title I programs?
- Start Right is a kindergarten and first grade program. It provides in-class support to eligible children.
- Extended Learning Kindergarten is an additional hour of focused programming for eligible kindergarten students. In addition to a regular kindergarten session, students receive intensive instruction on literacy tasks in a small group setting.
- Take Off is a program in grades 2-6. Staff provide small group instruction and in-class support for students whose achievement in reading, writing, or math is below grade level. The instruction is in concert with the classroom curriculum
Who decides what programs Title I will fund?
The decision about how Title I money is spent is a collaborative process. The Title I staff communicate with parents, classroom teachers, administrators, and Title I students. This is done at each school building through advisory committees, surveys, parent and teacher meetings, newsletters, and presentations. Stakeholders share information and receive feedback about the effectiveness of all programs. This information is considered in the drafting of the application that must be submitted every year to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs.
How do we know the programs are working?
In the annual application for Title I funds, the district must set evaluation goals for every Title I program. The application indicates what goals the district expects the students to meet and how student progress will be measured. Evaluation results are reviewed annually.
The state carefully monitors Title I programs to assure that they are operating the way they have been described and that they are serving the neediest students in priority order, based on multiple criteria including standardized test scores.
What are the responsibilities of parents?
Parents have a large role in Title I. They are informed by letter of their child’s eligibility for Title I and have the option of accepting the help for their child. Parents are invited to Title I meetings, conferences, and workshops annually. They receive reports about their child’s progress and suggestions for how they might help the child at home. Children whose parents get involved have a much better rate of success.
How can a parent of a child in the Title I program become involved?
Parents can become involved by:
- Learning all you can about the program and your child’s performance from the classroom teacher and Title I staff.
- Asking the classroom teacher and Title I staff how to support your child at home.
- Attending meetings to share your views about how the programs are and should be working.
- Taking time regularly to talk with your child about how things are going in school and making it clear that you are proud of your child’s efforts.
- Serving on your school’s advisory committee.
How can parents learn more?
Contact your building parent representative, Title I staff, or building principal.