What is Title I?
Title I is a federally funded program through the Elementary & Secondary Act (ESEA) designed to provide support to students who are performing below grade level in reading and math. The goal is to emphasize high academic standards in an effort to help students succeed in the regular classroom and reach grade level performance.
What are some typical Title I services?
At ISD 728, we offer Title I programs to meet the needs of students at individual schools (Lincoln, Otsego, Parker, Westwood and Zimmerman Elementary Schools). These schools have a ‘targeted’ program where selected students receive additional academic instruction or other types of assistance to support them in school. Services focus on providing additional help in reading and math instruction, by either pushing into the classroom or pulling students out of the classroom for 20-30 minutes.
Do all ISD 728 schools have a Title I program?
No. The Federal law requires that Title I programs are available in schools with the greatest concentration of low-income families. Once a school qualifies, academic need – not economic status – determines the school programming and whether students receive extra instruction. Contact your child’s school for more information about its Title I program and ask when the school’s annual Title I meeting for families will be held.
Who are Title I students?
Typically students identified as needing Title I services are those who are having academic difficulties or other concerns that are affecting their academic achievement in school. Usually students’ needs are identified by their classroom teachers based on their test scores and other measures of academic performance. Those who show the greatest educational need and are not already receiving special education services are served first.