Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Title I: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
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Title I Director: Jennifer Burge
6313 W. Southern Ave.
Laveen Az, 85339
Welcome to Title I and School Improvement. Title I is a section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that established these programs. It is formula funded based on poverty levels, but the services provided are for students at-risk of meeting Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards in reading and math, so that they can improve their skills, succeed in the regular classroom, and reach grade-level proficiency.
CGCS’s Title I Programs serves all students . Parental involvement is critical for students’ success. CGCS develops a School Continuous Improvement Plan which includes goals based upon multiple sources of data and research-based programs and strategies. It is our goal to bring the resources of the home and school together to help our students achieve.
What is Title I?
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), is a United States federal statute enacted April 11, 1965. It was passed as a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and has been the most far-reaching federal legislation affecting education ever passed by Congress.
In October of 1994, the Improving America’s Schools Act was signed into law, revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and authorizing funding for five years for K-12 education programs at qualifying schools.
“The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) — the main federal law affecting education from kindergarten through high school. Proposed by President Bush shortly after his inauguration, NCLB was signed into law on January 8th, 2002. NCLB is built on four principles: accountability for results, more choices for parents, greater local control and flexibility, and an emphasis on doing what works based on scientific research.” - US Department of Education / Arizona Department of Education.
What is the purpose of Title I?
It is our goal to help students succeed educationally. We provide a supplementary program to assist teachers in their task of helping each child to learn CGCS’s curriculum objectives for their grade level and the identified Arizona State Essential Skills.
Where does the funding come from?
The U. S. Department of Education funds Title I, and it is administered through the Arizona State Department of Education. There are accompanying rules and guidelines which we must follow. Monitors from either or both agencies visit us to ensure that guidelines are being met.
Who decides how the funding is spent?
Proposal Planning meetings are held every year to design a program that best meets the needs of the school. The committee is made up of parents, staff members, students and school administrators. Together they design the Title I program for each site. This plan is then submitted to the Arizona State Department of Education and, subsequently, the U. S. Department of Education.
How are the students selected for the Title I program?
Teacher recommendation is most important. We also look at performance on the State Assessments. There are also other assessments that may be given that may qualify students for reading and/or math assistance.
Can every student who qualifies be serviced?
That depends upon the form of assistance being offered through Title I at the grade level. Instructional assistants in the classroom can usually assist all students in the room who qualify.
If a student qualifies for Title I, are they automatically serviced?
In most cases qualifying students are serviced. However, sometimes the teacher may feel that the help is not needed. Or, the student may be receiving help through other services and the teacher may feel that additional help is not necessary.
If my child is in the Title I program, does it mean he or she is “way behind”?
No, not necessarily. Title I helps students with a wide variety of educational needs.
Is Title I considered Special Education?
No. It is supplementary educational assistance only.
May parents refuse Title I help?
Yes. Of course, we would like to have the opportunity to help students. We encourage you to discuss it with your child’s teacher. But a parent or guardian may choose to not accept the assistance.
What are the benefits of my child being in the Title I program?
Most importantly, your child will be receiving individual and/or small group instruction in addition to regular classroom instruction. The instructional assistants and teachers meet regularly to discuss each student and to plan future instruction together.
How are parents/guardians involved in Title I?
There is a very heavy emphasis on parent involvement in the Title I program. We know, as educators, that parents/guardians are their children’s first and most important teachers. We need their support. Therefore, there will be optional meetings throughout the year for parents/ guardians to attend if they choose. There will also be Open Houses, Parent/ Teacher/ Student Conferences and family events throughout the year, available to all parents/ guardians.