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
For more information, contact:
Director of Federal and State Programs
Coordinator of Federal and State Programs
6125 East Belknap Street
Haltom City, Texas 76117