Title I Program Information

The following information comes from the U.S. Department of Education

Program Description 

Title 1, Part A (Title 1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families
to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state. 

1. Basic Grants provide funds to LEAs in which the number of children counted in the formula is at least 10 and exceeds 2 percent of an LEA's school-age population. 

2. Concentration Grants flow to LEAs where the number of formula children exceeds 6,500 or 15 percent of the total
school-age population. 

3. Targeted Grants are based on the same data used for Basic and Concentration Grants except that the data are weighted
so that LEAs with higher numbers or higher percentages of children from low-income families receive more funds. Targeted Grants flow to LEAs where the number of schoolchildren counted in the formula (without application of the formula weights)
is at least 10 and at least 5 percent of the LEA's school-age population. Education Finance Incentive Grants (EFIG)
distribute funds to states based on factors that measure: 

  • a state's effort to provide financial support for education compared to its relative wealth as measured by its
  • per capita income; 
  • and the degree to which education expenditures among LEAs within the state are equalized. 

Once a state's EFIG allocation is determined, funds are allocated (using a weighted count formula that is similar to Targeted Grants) to LEAs in which the number of children from low-income families is at least 10 and at least 5 percent of the LEA's school-age population. LEAs target the Title I funds they receive to schools with the highest percentages of children from
low-income families. Unless a participating school is operating a schoolwide program, the school must focus Title I services
on children who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet state academic standards. Schools in which children from low-income families make up at least 40 percent of enrollment are eligible to use Title I funds for schoolwide programs that serve
all children in the school. LEAs also must use Title funds to provide academic enrichment services to eligible children
enrolled in private schools. 

Participation ED's most recent data on participation in the program are from school year (SY) 2009-10. In SY 2009-10 more than 56,000 public schools across the country used Title I funds to provide additional academic support and learning opportunities to help low-achieving children master challenging curricula and meet state standards in core academic subjects. For example, funds support extra instruction in reading and mathematics, as well as special preschool, after-school, and summer programs to extend and reinforce the regular school curriculum. 

That same year Title I served more than 21 million children. Of these students, approximately 59 percent were in
kindergarten through fifth grade, 21 percent in grades 6-8, 17 percent in grades 9 12, 3 percent in preschool, and less than
one percent ungraded. 

Local Goals for Title I 

• Increase academic achievement 

• Provide direct instructional support to students. 

• Provide professional development for teachers. 

• Promote parent education and involvement. 

Parent Rights 

• Ask for meetings and trainings. 

• Review the results of annual parent involvement effectiveness survey. 

• Review the school's achievement data. 

• Review and modify the Title I Parent Involvement Policy and Home/School Compact. 

Parent Involvement 

• Volunteer Program 

• Social media posts, WEB site, Twitter posts, and flyers to keep parents informed about school events 

• Title 1 Annual Meeting to discuss current student assessment data and student progress Scheduled Parent/ Teacher conferences as well as additional conferences when needed 

• School postings (Bulletin Boards, Website) 

• Parents are invited to serve on school committees. Please let your teacher know that you would like to be involved!