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. It 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:
• Develop reading skills
• Develop math skills
• 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 7 of our Title I schools
• Additional Title I instructional support teachers in Title I schools
• 1 Math Coach
• More technology, i.e. SMART Boards, SMART tables, laptop carts, document cameras and electronic readers
• Additional professional development for staff on research-based best practices
• Supplemental 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.
Which schools receive Title I funding?
The 14 schools listed have been selected to receive Title I services for the 2017-2018 school year:
Title I School Wide Program- Elementary Schools
• B. M. Williams Primary
• Camelot Elementary
• G. A. Treakle Elementary
• G. W. Carver Intermediate
• Georgetown Primary
• Norfolk Highlands Primary
• Portlock Primary
• Rena B. Wright Primary
• Southwestern Elementary
• Sparrow Road Intermediate
• Thurgood Marshall Elementary
• Truitt Intermediate
Title I School Wide Program- Middle School
• Oscar Smith Middle
Title I Targeted Assistance Program
• Crestwood Intermediate
Who can I contact for further information?
For further information on Title I, please contact Federal Programs at 757-547-1183