BWRSD Title I Program
- What is the Title I Program?
The Title I Program is a federally-funded educational program designed to help all students receive a high-quality education and meet high academic standards. Originally enacted by Congress in 1965 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Action (ESEA), the Title I Program goals are primarily to "ensure that all students have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state standards and state academic assessments." The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was reauthorized in 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and again in 2016 as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
- How is the Title I Program Designated?
Title I programs are designated as either a Targeted Assistance Program (TAS) or a School-Wide Program. Targeted Assistance programs serve schools reaching 35% to 40% free and reduced lunch status, have a targeted student selection and exit criteria, and provide services and resources strictly to identified Title I students and families. School-wide Programs serve schools at the 40% or higher free and reduced lunch status. There is greater flexibility in the student selection process and exit criteria. Services for school-wide programs are determined by student's needs, with greater efficiency in students receiving services, and resources being shared by all students and families. Our district currently has two Title I School-wide Programs at Colt Andrews and Hugh Cole School.
- What kinds of services do Title I students receive?
The Title I Program provides highly effective and evidenced-based instruction in the areas of literacy and/or mathematics. Students receive small group support three to five times per week in an in-class and/or pullout model.
The Title I literacy specialists works with classroom teachers and support teachers to monitor student progress and accelerate student learning. Title I literacy specialists work with classroom teachers collaboratively planning and modeling best practice instruction.
- How do students qualify for Title I services?
Students qualify for Title I reading services based on assessment data, K-5 classroom teacher recommendations, and K-2 parent recommendations. Classroom teachers and Title I literacy specialist share responsibility for conducting an informal parent interview for students in K. 1, and 2. This interview is to receive parental recommendations and feedback on their child's literacy needs. Students are screened in the fall, winter, and spring using district benchmark assessments and standardized assessments to determine if they qualify for academic supports. Students in grades K-5 reading below and far below grade level in reading and writing are required to have a Personal Literacy Plan (PLP). As part of the progress monitoring cycle, students performing below grade level proficiency are referred to their school's Response to Intervention (RTI) to receive targeted interventions.