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