Title I is one of the largest federal aid programs for school districts in the United States. Begun in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of his "War on Poverty." Title I today, is part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). This legislation grants federal funds to schools with large numbers of children in poverty, to provide extra educational services that help students achieve at higher levels. Specifically, the objective of the Title I program is to enable all students to meet state and local performance standards and for schools to achieve other school accountability goals as set forth by the Indiana Department of Education.
The federal government provides Title I funds to Indiana each year. To obtain the funds, Indiana must submit a plan describing the academic standards children are expected to meet (i.e. Indiana Academic Standards) and how academic progress will be measured. Indiana then allocates Title I funding to school corporations. The amount of money a school district receives is based on census data indicating the proportion of low-income children. Districts with the highest percentage of children from low-income families receive the most money. School corporations target the Title I funds they receive, to the schools with the highest percentage of children from low-income families. In addition, under Title I, participating public school corporations are required to provide supplemental educational services for eligible private schools students.
Nationwide there are more than 50,000 public schools, approximately 12.5 million students, receive Title I funds. Title I funds may be used for children from preschool to high school. However, 65% of the students served are in grades 1-6 while another 12% are in preschool and kindergarten. In Indiana, 97% of school corporations receive Title I funding.
At Mississinew Community Schools Northview Elementary and Westview Elementary School have School-wide Title I programs.
Schools with poverty rates of 40% or higher, are eligible to implement a school-wide Title I program. The purpose of a school-wide program is to improve student achievement throughout the entire school. Individual students are not identified as eligible to participate. Rather, every child will benefit from the added services and programs that a school-wide Title I educational program and improving the achievement of all students particularly those who are low-achieving. In addition, a school improvement plan must be developed and implemented with the involvement of parents, teachers, principals, and administrators. Essentially, a school-side program helps a school do more for all of its students.
Administrators, Teachers, and Title I staff work to:
Schools receiving Title I funds are evaluated each year by administrators, teachers, and parents using state and local assessments to determine if the school has made Adequate Yearly Progress. If the program goals have not been met, program and school plans are revised.
Parental involvement is a critical component of the Title I legislation. Schools receiving Title I funding are obligated to implement programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in school-related programs. Schools may also provide opportunities for parents to increase their knowledge and skills related to their children's education. Such programs, activities, and procedures must be planned and implemented for parents of participating children. Information and resources for parents can also be found at the Parent Portal at the Indiana Department of Education as well as Indiana Partnerships Center.
The more involved parents are in their child's education the more success a child will have in school. We encourage all parents to become an active member in their child's education. You can become more involved by:
Additional Family Resources: