Title I Questions & Answers

  • Title I – Elementary and Secondary Education Act

     
    How does my school district receive Title I dollars? 
    Title I funds are targeted to the districts, schools and students with the “greatest need.”  Funds flow to school districts through a formula based on the most recent Census count of poverty families residing in the state and in the district.  Once the funds are sent to a district, funds flow from the district to campuses within that district that have the highest poverty rate, based on free and reduced lunch counts. 

    Title I schools have higher than the district’s average of poverty students. Intended beneficiaries of Title I services are students who are academically disadvantaged, not necessarily economically disadvantaged. Texas receives well over a billion dollars every year to fund Title I programs.
     
    What services does Title I provide?
    Title I funds generally are used to improve academic achievement in reading and math. Title I funds are flexible, and can be used to provide professional development for teachers; support hiring additional teachers and classroom aides; improve curriculum; enhance parent involvement; extend learning time for students who need extra help; and provide other activities that are tied to raising student achievement.
     
    What does the term "Title I schoolwide program" mean?
    A school that receives Title I funds and has a student enrollment in which 40% or more of the students are low-income, is eligible to operate a "schoolwide program." Schoolwide programs require the campus improvement plan to provide strategies to improve the academic achievement of all students in the school using Title I resources. 

    Schoolwide is the inclusion model for Title I services.  On a schoolwide campus, all students are Title I students and all teachers are Title I teachers.
     
    How does Title I funding break down by grade level?
    Of the 11 million Title I students in the United States, about two-thirds are enrolled in grades preK-6, with one-third in grades 7-12. Title I serves well over 250,000 preschool children in the nation.
     
    What about children with disabilities?
    Children with disabilities are eligible for Title I services if the school and the student meets the Title I eligibility criteria. Title I services well over one million students with disabilities in the United States.
     
    For more information, contact:                                       
    U.S. Department of Education
    Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
    400 Maryland Ave, SW   
    Washington, DC 20202
    (202) 301-4000
    http://www.ed.gov
     
    For more information, contact:
    Texas Education Agency
    NCLB Division
    1701 N. Congress Avenue
    Austin, Texas 78701
    (512) 463-9374
    http://www.tea.state.tx.us/nclb/
     
    For more information, contact:                                                       
    Jennifer Miller,
    Director of Federal and State Programs
    Birdville ISD
    6125 East Belknap Street
    Haltom City, Texas 76117