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Title 1 Fact Sheet

What is Title 1?

Title 1 is a federally funded program.  The No Child Left Behind Act mandates that this program provide money to our school district based on families’ income.  Title 1 funding is intended to ensure that all students have a fair, equal, and sufficient opportunity to reach proficiency on challenging state academic content standards and state academic assessments.  In addition, Title 1 funding is intended to help school districts close the academic achievement gap between high- and low- performing students, especially between minority and nonminority students, and between students of varying socio-economic status.

Individual public schools, like Washington Elementary, with more than 40 percent of families qualifying for free and reduced lunch, may use Title I funds, along with other federal, state, and local funds, to operate a schoolwide program to upgrade the instructional program for the whole school.

Both schoolwide and targeted assistance programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support parental involvement.


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2. NCLB, Title 1, Part A, and State Compensatory Education ’05-’06 Categorical Program Monitoring

Are there requirements for receiving Title 1 funds?


Our Title 1 Schoolwide Program Plan requires a comprehensive needs assessment, schoolwide reform strategies, highly qualified teachers and staff, parent involvement, transition assistance, teacher decision-making, a safety net, and coordination and integration of programs.


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What rights do parents have in a Title 1 school?

 The Annual Meeting is intended to inform parents of their rights.  As a Title 1 school, our school is required to:

  • offer a flexible number of meetings for parents
  • provide parents timely information about Title 1 programs
  • provide parents an explanation of the curriculum, academic assessment, and proficiency levels students are expected to meet
  • provide parents, if requested, opportunities for regular meetings to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children
  • develop a school-family compact jointly with parents.  This agreement states the shared responsibility of providing and supporting children’s learning of high-quality curriculum
  • assist parents in understanding academic content and achievement standards
  • provide materials and training to help parents work with their children
  • educate staff in how to work with parents
  • coordinate parental involvement with other programs
  • distribute information in a format and language parents understand
  • provide support for parental involvement activities requested by parents

How does Washington School spend its Title 1 funding?

This year our school will be using approximately 75% of its Title 1 funding to pay for support personnel to provide assistance for the students most in need of academic help.    The Title 1 Reading Lab staff includes a full-time Literacy Coach (Mr. Venable), a part-time reading teacher (75%), and two part-time Paraprofessionals (Mrs. Craig and Mrs. Pullen).   Title 1 funds will also help provide counseling services for our students most in need and pays for Sport-4-Kids.  The other 25% of the Title 1 funding will be used for additional school supplies, photocopy services, conferences, events for parents, and teacher development.

What services do Title 1 funds provide for our students at Washington?

The Title 1 Reading Lab provides support services for Kindergarten through Fifth grade.  These services take place during the school day either in the student’s classroom or in the Title 1 Reading Lab. Title 1 offers these services:

Kindergarten –Third Grade:

  • Push-In Literacy Coaching
  • Teacher consultation
  • Push-in services with students during reading and writing workshops
  • Small Group Tutoring in Reading 2x-4x/wk;

Fourth – Fifth Grade:

  • Reading Club 5x wk for 40 minutes each day.

Which students benefit from these Title 1 services?

All students benefit from these Title 1 services. Our support personnel allow students to work in small groups that target their specific needs. With our additional staff, children receive instruction and guided assistance focused on their needs more often than a classroom teacher can do alone.

Throughout the year, we us data from spring standardized tests, district assessments, class work and observations to determine which students need targeted assistance to achieve proficiency. Parents whose children need targeted assistance will receive a Parent Notification Letter that is sent in the fall. Your child’s teacher is also notified of these services so that the classroom teacher and Title 1 teachers may work together to provide the best support possible.

How can I get more information about Title 1?

There are at least five ways to obtain more information.  Please attend another Title 1 meeting, a School Site Council meeting, or fill out a survey with your contact information.  You may also contact our principal, Elyse Belanger , or contact James Venable, Title 1 Coordinator/Literacy Coach in the Reading Lab, Room 29, 748-4007, x129.


Our school district is required to follow certain guidelines regarding these seven dimensions: 

  • Involvement:  including all community members (Home School Agreement)
  • Governance and Administration: matching district policies to state requirements
  • Funding:  allocating money meets state requirements
  • Standards, Assessment, and Accountability:   meeting state standards, assessing needs of students, achieving desired outcomes
  • Staffing and Professional Development:  recruiting, training, assigning, and assisting staff to ensure the effectiveness of the program
  • Opportunity and Equal Educational Access:  providing equitable access to all programs
  • Teaching and Learning:  delivering core and categorical programs services that meet students’ assessed needs.