Title I began in 1965 as Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which was reauthorized in 2001 in the No Child Left Behind Act. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. This reauthorized the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Title I is the U. S. Government’s oldest and largest federal aid to education program for elementary and secondary schools in existence today. Title I funds are allocated to schools that have a high percentage of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. Title I money must be used to supplement – not replace – what is provided by the local school district for all other schools.
What is the focus of Title I funding?
The Title I grant addresses the following goals:
- Ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education
- Ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards
- Develop positive behavior skills and good work habits
- Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Encourage family engagement
What are some Chesapeake Public Schools initiatives funded by Title I?
- Full-day kindergarten in 4 of our Title I schools
- Title I instructional and behavioral support staff
- Technology to enhance learning
- Professional development for staff on research-based best practices
- Supplemental instructional materials and supplies
- Workshops and activities to support our families as partners in their child’s education
How are Title I schools selected?
Title I guidelines define two types of eligible schools. The division must rank all of its schools in order of poverty. The percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch is used as the poverty indicator criteria. The division must serve all attendance areas with a poverty rate of 75%, including all elementary, middle, and high schools. After the division has served all of its schools with a poverty rate above 75%, it may serve the remaining schools in rank order.
There are two types of Title I school delivery models:
1. School-wide Model
2. Targeted Assistance Model
In a school-wide model, the Title I personnel and materials may be used with much more flexibility and every child in the school can receive the supplemental services, regardless of their free or reduced lunch eligibility. In a targeted assistance model, the most academically at-risk students are selected for intervention. Currently, we do not have any schools being served under the targeted assistance model.
Which schools receive Title I funding?
The 14 schools listed below have been selected to receive Title I services for the 2020-2021 school year under the school-wide model:
B.M. Williams Primary School
Camelot Elementary School
Crestwood Intermediate School
G.A. Treakle Elementary School
G.W. Carver Intermediate School
Georgetown Primary School
Norfolk Highlands Primary School
Oscar Smith Middle School
Portlock Primary School
Rena B. Wright Primary School
Southwestern Elementary School
Sparrow Road Intermediate School
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
Truitt Intermediate School
What supports are in place for foster care students under Title I?
The foster care provisions of Title I, Part A of the ESSA emphasize the importance of collaboration and joint decision-making between child welfare agencies and educational agencies. For additional information, please contact Dr. Cassandra Brooks, Chesapeake Public Schools’ Foster Care Liaison, at 757-547-0588
or Email Dr. Cassandra C. Brooks.
Who can I contact for further information?
For further information on Title I, please contact Federal Programs at 757-547-1183
or Email Dr. Angela L. Isbell.