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 2022-2023 school year, the following schools remain Title I "targeted assistance program:"
Anne E. Moncure Elementary School;
Anthony Burns Elementary School;
Falmouth Elementary School;
Ferry Farm Elementary School;
Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School;
Rocky Run Elementary School and,
Widewater Elementary School
Family's Right to Know
On January 8, 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) was signed into law. Section 1111(h)(6)(A) states that as a parent of a student in our elementary school, receiving Title I funds, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers instructing your child. Federal law requires the school division to provide you this information in a timely manner if you request it. Specifically, you have the right to request the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:
- Whether the teacher meets the state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades and subjects s/he teaches.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status because of special circumstances.
- The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
- Whether paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if so, their qualifications.
In addition, the NCLB federal law requires that the school shall provide the following:
- Parents should be provided the level of achievement of their children each year based on the results of state assessments.
- Parents should be invited to an annual meeting to inform parents of their right to be involved in the planning of school improvement programs. In addition, a number of parent meetings should be scheduled to involve parents in decisions related to the education of their children.
- Include parents in an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent involvement policy in improving the academic quality, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents.
- Parents should be involved in decisions that determine how federal funds for parental involvement are used, including activities promoting family literacy and parenting skills.
- A school-parent compact should be developed that outlines how parents and the school share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.
In addition, we are required to notify you that our school’s performance on state standardized tests is available for parents to review. The state School Report Card can be found on our school’s web page, or you can request a printed copy in the front office of our school.
Part IV- Opt-out
Section 1112(e)(2) of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) requires divisions that receive Title I, Part A, funds to notify parents of students attending Title I schools that the parents may request information regarding any state or division policy regarding student participation in required assessments.
- At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under this part shall notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving funds under this part that the parents may request, and the local educational agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding any State or local educational agency policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by section 1111(b)(2) and by the State or local educational agency, which shall include a policy, procedure, or parental right to opt the child out of such assessment, where applicable. The notice must be made available in any language as requested by a parent.
A revision on December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) was signed into law. Section 1112(e)(2) of ESSA states that parents of students in Title I schools have a right to know about state or division policies regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by ESSA, including any policy, procedure, or parental right to opt students out of such assessments.
If you would like to receive any of this information, please contact the school's front office, either in person, by phone or in writing. Thank you!
School's Title I Status
This is to notify you that our school as been named a Title I School. Being named a Title I school allows our school to receive more resources and support to improve student achievement.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of Title 1 part A funding, 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.
The basic principles of Title 1 state that schools with large concentrations of low-income students (35% or above) will receive supplemental funds to assist in meeting students' educational goals. Low-income students are determined by the number of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. There are two types of Title I programs. Targeted or Schoolwide. All of the schools in Stafford County that are Title I, are operating as targeted schools for the year 2017-2018. A target school uses Title I funds to provide services to a select group of children--those identified as failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the State's challenging content and student performance standards.
For more information on Title I go to https://www2.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/index.html
How are Title I Funds Used?
How to use Title 1 funds rests with each school. Title 1 funds can be used to improve curriculum, instructional activities, counseling, parental involvement, and increase staff. The funding should assist schools in meeting the educational goals of all struggling students, in particular those of low-income homes.
Types of students that might be served by Title 1 funds include migrant students, students with limited English proficiency, homeless students, students with disabilities, neglected students, delinquent students, at-risk students or any student in need. Students can be classified as at-risk for numerous reasons. A few reasons they might be classified as at-risk students include: low academic performance, being held back a grade for one or more years, or being homeless. There are other criteria that may place students in an at-risk category as well.
Our Priorities for this year are:
- Engage families and the community in student learning; we will be looking at how we can support the families in that endeavor.
What can you do to be involved and help your student learn?
- Know how the school is doing - you can view our school’s report card on our website
- Know how your child is doing in school on our website
- Volunteer at our school:
- Join a school committee
- Volunteer in the classroom
- Attend parent-teacher conferences and school events. Call or send teachers an e-mail if you have questions or a concern about your child’s learning.
- Send an email to your teacher and let them know how your child learns best and how to help her/him learn.
- Tell us what you need to help your child learn. Our school and community have many resources available to help families. Such as school counselors, tutors, psychologist, etc.
Please let us know if you have any questions about our school’s efforts to improve or how parents can support those efforts. Thank you for all you do to support your child’s learning at school. Please do not hesitate in contacting your teacher or principal. We are here to help.