Title I Services
What Is Title I?
Title I is one of the nation's oldest and largest federal programs supporting elementary and secondary education. More than 90 percent of the school systems in the United States receive some sort of Title I funding. Through Title I, the federal government disburses money to school districts based on the number of low-income families in each district as determined by census data. Each district uses its Title I money to supplement and improve regular education programs offered to help students meet state standards.
Title I is based on three important ideas:
- All students should have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and to reach, at a minimum, proficiency on state academic standards and assessments.
- Local districts, schools, and parents know best what their students need to succeed. The Title I program allows them to decide how to use these funds to implement research-based proven practices to help students who are failing or who are at risk of failing in school.
- Parents are partners in helping all students achieve. They have the right to be involved in the design and operation of their school's Title I program, and, at the same time, a responsibility to help their children succeed in school.
Students served by Title I funds include migrant children and youth; children and youth with limited English proficiency; children and youth who are homeless; children and youth who have disabilities; children and youth who are neglected, delinquent or at-risk; children in preschool activities; and any child or youth who is in academic need.
What will Title I do for my child?
The Title I program will provide your student with extra educational assistance beyond the regular classroom.
Which schools does Title I Serve?
The program serves students at Walker Elementary who have demonstrated that extra assistance is needed. Title I also serves students who attend private schools.
How does our school receive Title I money?
First, the federal government provides funding to each state. Then, each State Educational Agency sends money to its school districts. How much money each school receives is determined by the number of low-income students attending that school. Finally, Title I schools:
• Identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based on the criteria that school has chosen. Students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.
• Set goals for improving the skills of educationally disadvantaged students at their school.
• Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title I program for each student.
• Develop programs for each individual student in order to support/supplement regular classroom instruction.
What do Title I programs offer?
Title I programs generally offer:
• Smaller classes or special instructional spaces
• Additional teachers and aides
• Opportunities for professional development for school staff
• Extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need
• A variety of supplementary teaching methods
• An individualized program for students
• Additional teaching materials which supplement a student’s regular instruction
How can I get involved?
Parents, you can influence the success of your student in school more than any teacher or federal program. By becoming an active participant in the Title I parent involvement plan at your school, you will:
• Serve as a role model, showing your student that you support his/her education.
• Assure that you are aware of your student’s educational progress; thereby demonstrating how important that progress is to you.
• Teach your student that your input at the school is appreciated and that you support its efforts.
What does the research tell us?
Research shows that how well students do in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. You can become more involved by:
• Joining local and national school/parent organizations
• Supporting school extra-curricular activities
• Volunteering at the school
• Attending parent-teacher conferences
• Communicating with your student’s teacher regularly, by writing notes, telephoning the school, etc.
• Keeping your student’s teacher informed about events in his or her life which may affect his/her performance at school
• Discussing with your student’s teacher and parent organizations other ideas for parent involvement
For more information regarding Title I, Part A, please contact the Title I, Part A office at OSPI at: (360) 725-6100.
Canton Local is very fortunate to receive federal funds that pay for targeted curriculum materials and for additional staff members so that Canton Local students can receive supplemental instruction in reading. These “Title I” funds allow us to service identified students in grades kindergarten through grade four. Your child has been identified as being eligible for these services. See the complete letter under downloads.