Title I Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)


    1. What is Title I?

    “When most people refer to Title I, they are actually talking about Title I, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Part A, Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged Program, is one of the most well known parts of federal education law.” (Education Week, 2004) It is the largest federal education program for elementary and secondary schools, with $14.5 billion appropriated for 2009-10. Title I funds are targeted to high-poverty schools and districts and used to provide educational services to students who are educationally disadvantaged or at risk of failing to meet state standards.

    2. What are the goals of the program?

    The program is designed to accomplish four primary goals:

       · Provide supplementary education to students eligible for services;

       · Provide extra funding to schools & districts serving high concentrations of children from low-income families;

       · Focus educators on the needs of special student populations; and

       · Improve the academic achievement of eligible students, reduce performance gaps between advantaged 
         and disadvantaged students, and assist eligible students in meeting high academic standards (Riddle, 1996).

    3. Are there additional requirements of the program that impact our students?

    Title I also requires states to:

       · Have academic standards for all students;

       · Test students in Reading/ELA and Math every year between grades 3 and 8 and once in high school;

       · Report on student achievement by average school performance as well and of specified subgroups;

       · Ensure that all students are academically proficient by the spring of 2014; and

       · Hold districts/schools accountable for demonstrating adequate yearly progress (AYP) in student achievement.

    4. What does the Title I Program look like?

    There are two types of Title I programs; targeted assistance or schoolwide programs.

       · A targeted assistance school must focus its services on children identified as “failing, or most at risk
         of failing, to meet the state's challenging student academic standards.”

       · In a schoolwide program, most federal, state and local funds are consolidated to upgrade the entire
         educational program. Schoolwide programs aren't required to identify eligible students for targeted
         Title I services, but the law requires the schools to address the needs of the low-achieving students
          and those at risk of not meeting state standards.

    5. What are the Core Elements of a Schoolwide Program?

    There are three core elements of a schoolwide program.

    · Comprehensive needs assessment based on data for all students in the school

    · Comprehensive plan based on the results of the needs assessment

    · Evaluation to determine whether the plan has worked and what improvements may be needed


    6. What is a School Improvement Plan?

    There are ten required elements in a School Improvement Plan in a Schoolwide Program. They are:

       · Needs Assessment

       · School-wide reform strategies (that are scientifically-based)

       · Instruction by Highly Qualified Teachers

       · Professional Development

       · Strategies to attract high quality, highly qualified teachers to high-need schools

       · Strategies to increase parental involvement (in the planning, review, and implementation of school-wide plan)

       · Plans for transitioning pre-school children to local elementary school programs

       · Measures to include teachers in the decisions regarding the use of assessments

       · Timely and additional assistance for students at risk of not meeting the standards

       · Coordination and integration of federal, state, and local funds and resources

    7. How can I become a more involved parent?

    Parent involvement has always been a centerpiece of Title I. There are many ways you can
    be involved in your child's education. In the Brandywine School District we base our Parent
    Involvement Activities on Joyce Epstein's work. (see link on left hand side of page)