Title I

What is Title I?
Title I is a federal program which provides assistance to improve the education of children in high-poverty schools, enabling those children to meet state academic content and performance standards. A Title I school is a school with low-income students making up more than 50% of the student body. These schools may use Title I funds to create a school wide program to improve achievement, thereby serving all children in the school.
Title I funding began as a part of the Great Society Program of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The intent of the law was (and still is) to provide services to students who have academic needs that are not addressed in any other funding – those who are not handicapped but who are not working up to their grade placement. The goal of Title I is a High-Quality Education for every child. The program provides extra help to students who need it most. These are children who are the furthest from meeting the standards the state has set for all children. Title I resources are directed to schools with high poverty levels. The program serves millions of children in elementary schools each year. Most school districts participate. Title I also serves children who attend parochial and private schools. 
How Title I Works
The Title I school, including parents, teachers, administrators and other school staff, work together to:
  • identifying students most in need of educational help (students do not have to be from low-income families to receive help)
  • setting goals for improvement
  • developing programs that add to regular classroom instruction
  • yearly review and revision of the Title I program
  • involving parents in all aspects of the program
Title I programs offer
  • small group instruction
  • additional teachers and assistants
  • additional training for school staff
  • extra time for instruction
  • a variety of teaching methods and materials