Title I

What Is Title I?
Title I is the largest federal grant program used to ensure that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high quality education. Title I is a part of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act that was passed in 1965.  This grant provides extra academic support and learning opportunities for children who are most at-risk of failing state and local standards.   

How Does Title I Help My School? 
Title I funds are supplemental funds that provide additional instruction time and resources for students what are not meeting grade-level academic benchmarks.  Title I funds may also be used for professional development, teacher training, and parental involvement activities. 

Which Students receive Title I Services? 
Services to children are based on the academic needs of individual children, not on the socioeconomic level of a child or his/her family. 
These students may be served: 

  • Migrant children
  • Children with limited English proficiency
  • Children who are homeless
  • Children with disabilities
  • Any child who is in academic need

What Role Do Parents Play? 
Parental involvement is an important component of Title I. Parents are needed for: 

  • Planning
  • Policy
  • Participation
  • Partnering
  • Program Evaluation

What About Accountability?
Title I requires states to develop standards and assessments that will challenge students served by Title I programs to perform to high levels. Research suggests that high standards, when coupled with valid and reliable assessments and aligned support, can exert a powerful influence over what children are taught and how much they learn.