What is Title I?
Title I, Part A provides financial assistance through state educational agencies to school divisions and public schools with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic content and achievement standards.
School divisions target the Title I funds they receive to public 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 enrolling at least 40 percent of students from low-income families are eligible to use Title I funds for schoolwide programs that are designed to upgrade their entire educational programs for all students, particularly the lowest-achieving students.
~Information taken from VDOE's Title I website
Title I in Stafford County
Title I funding is designed to assists schools in servicing students, so they may achieve, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards. There are two distinct programs of service under Title I: Targeted and Schoolwide. “Schoolwide programs” of service are defined as Title I schools with at least 40 percent of the children are from low-income families. Schools who qualify has schoolwide must develop a comprehensive plan, during a one-year period that must include input from community stakeholders.
Title I schools with less than 40 percent low-income students or that select not to operate a schoolwide program offer a "targeted assistance program" in which the school identifies students who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the state's challenging academic achievement standards. Targeted assistance schools design, in consultation with parents, staff, and district staff, an instructional program to meet the needs of those students. Both schoolwide and targeted assistance programs must use instructional strategies based on scientifically based research and implement parental involvement activities.
For the 2017-2018 school year, the following schools remain Title I "targeted assistance program":
Widewater Elementary School (46%);
Hartwood Elementary School (38%);
Falmouth Elementary School (35.9%); and
Rocky Run Elementary School (35.3%).