Title I Information
Some thoughts for the starting school year
The Title I program provides financial assistance to Local Education Agency’ s and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children living in poverty. These resources fund CCSC’s Title I Program. This program ensures that all children are given the opportunity to meet challenging state academic standards, made possible through specialized academic programming. Title I helps identify and remediate students with targeted instruction in the areas of Reading and Math; targeting vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and phonemic awareness.
The mission of Title I is to provide a continuum of services and resources to Title I districts and charter schools that enrich curriculum and instruction, promote interaction and coordination of supplementary services and resources, and result in excellence and high expectations for educators and students. Through collective efforts, we endeavor to increase accountability for all participants in the educational process; enhance cooperation between school and home; provide educators in Title I schools with greater autonomy for shared decision-making; and most importantly, promote increased educational performance of students attending Title I schools.
On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act
(ESSA), which reauthorized and updated the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA authorizes two distinct program structures under Title I, Part A. They are school-wide programs and Targeted Assistance School Programs.
Culver Elementary School is a School-wide Title I School
Definition of a School-wide Program
School-wide programs are not districtwide and must be planned for and implemented at each individual school building (also known as attendance center) in the district. A Title I, Part A school-wide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school with a poverty percentage of 40% or more in order to improve the achievement of the lowest-achieving students.
A school operating a school-wide program may consolidate federal, state, and local funds to better address the needs of students in the school. School-wide schools must maintain records that demonstrate the use of funds from all federal programs. These records must address the intent and purposes of each of the federal programs that were consolidated to support the school-wide program. Separate fiscal accounting records or the identification of specific activities is not required.
Examples of Uses of Funds in a School-wide Program (Based upon a Needs Assessment)
- Increased learning time (extended day or year)
- High-quality preschool or full-day kindergarten
- Strategies for assisting preschool children in the transition from early childhood education to elementary school
- Evidence-based strategies to accelerate acquisition of content knowledge for English learners
- Equipment, materials, and training needed to compile and analyze data to monitor progress, alert the school to struggling students, and drive decision making
- Devices and software that allow students to access digital learning materials and collaborate with peers and related training for educators (including accessible devices and software needed by students with disabilities)
- Professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school personnel to improve instruction and use of data from academic assessments, and to recruit and retain effective teachers, particularly in high need subjects
- Instructional coaches to provide high-quality, school-based professional development
- School climate interventions (e.g., anti-bullying strategies, positive behavior intervention supports, restorative justice programs, school safety programs, etc.)
- Educational materials and resources to accelerate learning (curriculum, intervention programs and staff, etc.)
- Activities shown to be effective for increasing family and community engagement
- Family literacy programs
- Counseling, mentoring services, and school-based mental health programs
- Career and technical education
- Access to coursework to earn postsecondary credit while still in high school (such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual or concurrent enrollment, or early college high schools)
- A school using funds for dual or concurrent enrollment program may use such funds for any of the costs associated with such program, including the costs of:
- training for teachers, and joint professional development for teachers in collaboration with career and technical educators and educators from institutions of higher education, where appropriate, for the purpose of integrating rigorous academics in such program;
- tuition and fees, books, required instructional materials for such program, and innovative delivery methods; and
- transportation to and from such program.
A school that operates a school-wide program under this section may use funds available under this part to establish or enhance preschool programs for children who are under 6 years of age.
Delivery of Services
The services of a school-wide program under this section may be delivered by nonprofit or for-profit external providers with expertise in using evidence-based or other effective strategies to improve student achievement.
Supplemental Funds, Not Services
A school participating in a school-wide program shall use funds available to carry out this section only to SUPPLEMENT the amount of funds that would, in the absence of funds under this part, be made available from non-federal sources for the school, including funds needed to provide services that are required by law for children with disabilities and English learners.
Reasonable and Necessary
All expenditures must be reasonable and necessary.
Which Schools Are Eligible To Provide School-wide Programs?
- Schools that serve an eligible school attendance area in which not less than 40% of the children are from low-income families, or not less than 40% of the children enrolled in the school are from such families.
- If a school-wide program will best serve the needs of the students at the eligible school attendance area (which less than 40 percent of the children are from low-income families, or a school for which less than 40 percent of the children enrolled in the school are from such families) by improving academic achievement and other factors, then that school may receive a School Waiver from the State Educational Agency.
- If a School-wide waiver is granted, districts must serve such eligible school attendance areas in ranking order (Sec. 1113).
What Are The Benefits/Advantages to Schools Developing School-wide Programs?
- Flexibility – Schools may combine resources (consolidating federal, state, and local funds), serve all students, and redesign the school and its services. All students are eligible to use materials and resources.
- Coordination and Integration – Schools will have a reduction in curricular and instructional fragmentation.
- Accountability – School efforts are clear and coordinated; all students are responsible for achieving the same high standards.
- Unified Goals – School-wide programs bring parents, the community, and the school together to redesign and improve the school.
Principal of Culver Elementary School