TCSC Title l Program
What is Title I?
Title I is the largest federal aid program for schools in the United States. Nationwide, more than 50,000 public schools (about 12.5 million students) receive Title I funds. In Indiana, 97% of school corporations receive Title I funding.
How Do Schools Qualify for Title I Money?
The government awards Title I money to school corporations based on the corporation’s poverty level – that is, the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch services. The higher the poverty level, the more money a school corporation receives.
How Can Title I Money Be Used?
Schoolwide status allows more flexibility in the use of teachers’ instructional time to meet the needs of students, and in the use of federal funds. Funds can be spent to improve the achievement of all students at Tipton Elementary by funding professional development, before/after school tutoring, summer school, instructional coaches, literacy materials, equipment/technology, and assistants.
What is the Purpose of Title l?
Title l money is used by school corporations to provide extra educational services that help students achieve at high levels and meet the local and state academic standards.
Tipton Elementary School is identified as a Schoolwide Title l building which means all students are considered Title l students, and all teachers are Title l teachers.
This status requires our school to complete a needs assessment and set yearly goals on how best to improve student achievement for our entire school. All students in our school benefit from added educational services and programs outlined in the school-wide improvement plan and implemented by all school staff. In previous years, Tipton Elementary was identified as a Targeted Assisted Title l School. This status required funds to be spent only on a targeted group of identified students.
What Happens at a Title l School?
Overall, the teachers, administrators, and other school staff at Title l schools work to:
- Identify students most in need of educational help (regardless of income)
- Measure student progress using state and local standards
- Set goals for improvement
- Implement research-based instructional programs that supplement regular classroom instruction
- Improve professional knowledge and skills through continuing education
- Hire additional teachers and support staff
- Involve parents in all aspects of the school’s Title l program
- At Tipton Elementary School, students in grades K-5 are taught in educational environments that best meet their needs. Supplementary instruction may occur in small flexible groups that meet daily, or two to three times per week, depending on the data results. Intervention groups are students that have not mastered previously taught standards. Parents are kept informed of their child’s progress through progress reports, assessment reports, and parent conferences.
What Does Title l Offer Parents?
Parents are a child’s first teacher, and they can continue to have a positive impact on their child’s academic achievement once their child enters school.Therefore, Title l schools are committed to helping parents play an active role in their child’s education. All Title l schools have a written plan for how they will involve parents, and they hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s plans for using Title l funds. In addition to attending school-sponsored parent/family events, parents in Title l schools are encouraged to help plan and participate in their school’s Title l program. Parents who are interested in serving on a Title l planning committee should contact the Title l Coordinator or Director of Student Services.
What Can Parents do to Help Support Their School and Their Child?
Parents can help the school and their child in a variety of was including:
- Volunteering at school
- Volunteering to work on a school planning committee
- Attending school programs
- Helping your child complete their homework
- Reading with your child daily
- Helping your child apply math skills to everyday life
- Visiting the library with your child
- Taking family field trips that foster learning