When most people refer to Title I, they are actually talking about Title I, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Part A, Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged Program, is one of the most well-known parts of federal education law.
Title I funds are targeted to schools and districts with poverty and used to provide educational services to students who are at risk of failing to meet state standards.
Title I has existed since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), when the federal government first began to authorize formula grants to states and districts for the education of elementary and secondary students with low academic achievement who are enrolled in schools serving lower-income areas. It was reauthorized with the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act.
What is the Title I Program?
Title I is the largest federal aid program for elementary, middle, and high schools. Through Title I, the Federal government gives money to school districts around the country based on the number of at-risk students in each district. The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.
Title I is based on three important ideas:
- All students should work toward the same high standards.
- Local districts, schools, and parents know best what their students need to succeed.
- Parents are partners in helping all students achieve.
Benefits of being a Title I School
The main benefit of being a Title I School is that the school receives additional funding in order to provide extra educational services for it students.
How we use our Title I funds
Title I schools have a choice as to how they set up their Title I program as long as the program helps its students meet state academic standards.
For more information on eligibility criteria, programming, parent involvement policy, and other program elements, please check the sub-pages below the Title I tab.