WHAT IS TITLE I?
Title I provides federal funding to schools to help students who are at risk of falling behind. These funds are allocated to schools based on the percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch.
The goals of Title I are to increase academic achievement, hold schools accountable and provide parents with assistance in understanding how well their school and their children are performing.
Title I Federal Funds are allocated on basis of number of students eligible for free/reduced price meals and require academic interventions for all eligible
students and require parent input and workshops.
Funds can be used for reading, math, science or social studies programs, health related support, supplemental supplies or parent involvement activities.
Title I districts must monitor student progress, develop programs to support students’ progress, hold Title I meetings and give parents information regarding their child’s progress.
HOW IS FUNDING CALCULATED?
The New York State Education department distributes Title I funds to local school districts. The amount of funding a district receives is determined by a formula that includes wealth ratios, census information, and poverty numbers for a school district.
A school is designated a Title I school if its poverty percentage is above the district average. All of the Gloversville schools are Title I schools. The purpose of the funding is to ensure that all students have a chance to receive a high quality education. Students do not need to be low-income to participate in Title I programs.
WHAT DO TITLE I SERVICES LOOK LIKE?
Pull-out programs for reading and/or math
Small group instruction
After-school remediation programs
Targeted academic interventions based on student needs
Programs are in addition to regular classroom instruction
HOW ARE STUDENTS IDENTIFIED FOR TITLE I SERVICES?
Students can be identified for Title I services through parent or teacher recommendation, classroom performance of by failing below proficiency on a state English Language Arts (ELA) or Math assessment.
OTHER PROGRAMS FOR STUDENT SUPPORT
English as a New Language (ENL) services
Special Education programs
PARENTS RIGHTS IN TITLE I PROGRAMS
Parents must be given information about Title I in a timely manner and in a language they understand and have the right to request the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher.
Districts must inform parents if their child is taught by a teacher that is not highly qualified for 4 or more consecutive weeks.
Districts must inform parents of their child’s progress in reading and math, as well as their child’s results on NYS Assessments.
Parents have the right to be a part of the development, review, and improve of Title I programs.
Parents are encouraged to attend parent involvement workshops.
Parents are encouraged to ask questions about their children’s education.