What is Title I?
Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation's schools. The goal of Title I is to provide supplemental instruction to those students most in need. These are the children who are not performing at or near the level of others their age.
The federal government provides funding each year for Title I through the use of basic grants to the states. State educational agencies then distribute Title I monies to local school divisions based on the number of students demonstrating economic need. However, students do not have to come from low-income families to receive services through the Title I program.
In the Shenandoah County Public Schools, Title I is a federally funded reading/language arts program. The instruction that Title I students receive is supplemental to that provided by the classroom teacher.
The Title I program in Shenandoah County serves approximately 300 children in kindergarten through fifth grades at Ashby-Lee Elementary, Sandy Hook Elementary and W.W. Robinson Elementary Schools. Instruction is provided by Title I Reading Specialists who plan cooperatively with classroom teachers. This instruction may be provided in a small group setting within a resource center or may occur within the regular classroom.
Title I Reading Specialists are a part of the total school staff. They serve on school and division level committees, provide in-services for staff members and parents, participate in parent/teacher conferences, support classroom instruction by exchanging ideas and materials, and meet regularly with one another to plan and participate in division level activities.
Title I supports the achievement of identified school goals. Classroom teachers, support staff, and administrators are supported in their professional development opportunities with Title I funding. The quality of instruction within the schools is enhanced by the Title I program.