Title I Frequently Asked Questions

What is Title I?

Title I is a federally funded program that began in 1965. It is intended to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments. As the largest federal program supporting elementary and secondary education, Title I provides funding that is used to provide additional instructional staff, professional development, extended-time programs, and other strategies for raising student achievement in high poverty (target) schools.

Who provides Title I instructional support?

Title I instructional support is provided by certified teachers. They typically work with students in small groups for approximately 20 – 30 minutes a day in reading and/or math. They work with students either in the classroom or in a resource room.

What kind of instructional support is provided?

Title I teachers provide high quality instruction using curriculum that consists of research-based materials designed to focus on reading and/or math strategies. A variety of materials and methods are used to help participating student meet the State’s academic achievement standards.
Do Title I students miss regular reading and math instruction?
No, they do not miss regular reading and math instruction. Title I support is in addition to, not in place of, what the classroom teacher regularly teaches. Students receive Title I services at times other than their direct reading or math instruction time.

How long is a student in the program?

This depends upon the student’s rate of progress. There is no set period of time to be in the program. A student remains in the program until he or she can perform independently at his or her grade level. Once this happens, the student will no longer receive Title I services. This change can take place at any time during the school year.
How are parents informed about their child’s progress?
Parents are informed by attending conferences which are scheduled throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to call their child’s classroom teacher or the Title I staff at any time.

How can parents participate in Title I?

Parents can do the following:

• get involved in their child’s education
• give helpful information about their child to the teacher(s)
• attend parent/teacher conferences and follow up on suggestions made
• read to/with their child every day
• attend school activities which promote learning