Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.
Title I is designed to help students served by the program to achieve proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards. Title I schools with percentages of students from low-income families of at least 40 percent may use Title I funds, along with other Federal, State, and local funds, to operate a "school wide program" to upgrade the instructional program for the whole school.
Title I schools with less than the 40 percent school wide threshold or that choose not to operate a school wide program offer a "targeted assistance program" in which the school identifies students who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the State's challenging academic achievement standards. Targeted assistance schools design, in consultation with parents, staff, and district staff, an instructional program to meet the needs of those students.
Both school wide and targeted assistance programs must use instructional strategies based on scientifically based research and implement parental involvement activities. Brandywine School District has chosen to operate “school wide programs” which standardizes the services and support offered to students in Title I schools.
Some of the services and programs offered and/or supported by Title I funds are after school support, AVID, English Language Learner services, the district Parent Center and parent involvement programs.