What is Title I?
Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state's challenging performance standards in core areas.
What will Title I do for my child?
The Title I program will provide your school with extra educational assistance beyond a assistance received by a non-title I school.
Which schools does Title I Serve?
The program serves students in elementary schools who have demonstrated that extra assistance is needed. Mustang currently has eleven elementary, intermediate and middle school sites who qualify for Title I; Mustang Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Creek Elementary, Trails Elementary, Riverwood, Canyon Ridge, Meadow Brook, Mustang Horizon, Mustang Central Middle School, Mustang Middle School, and Mustang North Middle School.
How does our school receive Title I money?
First, the federal government provides funding to each state. Then, each State Educational Agency sends money to its school districts. The amount of funding each district receives is dependent upon the number of low-income students attending that district. Finally, Title I schools conduct an annual needs assessment, use the results of the needs assessment to develop a school wide plan, and finally review/update their plans in relation to the goals and whether student achievement has increased.
What do Title I programs offer?
Title I programs generally offer:
- Opportunities for professional development for school staff
- A variety of supplementary teaching methods
- Additional teaching materials which supplement a student's regular instruction
A schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school. Mustang Public Schools has 10 Title I schools that have a schoolwide program. The elementary schools included are Mustang Elementary, Trails Elementary, Creek Elementary, Centennial Elementary, and Riverwood Elementary School. All three intermediate sites, Canyon Ridge, Meadow Brook, and Mustang Horizon, have schoolwide programs. Schoolwide programs are also in place at Mustang Central Middle School, Mustang Middle School, and Mustang North Middle School.
The primary goal of a schoolwide program is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on State academic achievement tests.
There are three core elements of a schoolwide program:
1) A school must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment that identifies the school's strengths and weaknesses in key areas that affect student achievement.
2) The school must develop a comprehensive schoolwide plan that describes how it will achieve the goals it has identified as a result of the needs assessment.
3) The school must evaluate annually the outcomes and the plan's implementation to determine whether the academic achievement of all students, and particularly of low-achieving students, improved, whether the goals and objectives contained in the plan were achieved, and if the plan is still appropriate.
How can I get involved?
Parents can influence the success of their children in school more than any teacher or federal program. By becoming an active participant in the Title I parent committee at your school, you will:
- Serve as a role model, showing your child that you support his/her education.
- Assure you are aware of your child's educational progress; thereby demonstrating how important progress is to you.
- Teach your child your input at the school is appreciated and you support its efforts.
What does research tell us?
Research shows student performance in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents are involved in their education. You can become more involved by:
- Joining local and national school/parent organizations
- Supporting school extra-curricular activities
- Volunteering at the school
- Attending parent-teacher conferences
- Communicating with your child's teacher regularly, by writing notes, telephoning the school, etc.
- Keeping your child's teacher informed about events in his/her life which may affect his/her performance at school
- Discussing with your child's teacher and parent organizations other ideas for parent involvement.