Title I

Federal Programs Coordinator
Emily Boles
[email protected]

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About Title I

What is Title I? 

Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation's schools.

How long have schools been given Title I funds? 

Title I began in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of his “War on Poverty.”  It is named for Title I, Section A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Since 1965 it has been amended several times, most recently by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Barack Obama in 2015.

What is the purpose of Title I?

Title I money is given to districts/schools with a high percentage of children from low-income families.  Schools are responsible for using the money to help ensure that all students meet challenging state academic standards.

What does Title I money do for a school? 

Sage receives Title I money and operates as a Targeted Assistance Program.  This means that the money is used to provide help to students identified as most at risk of not meeting academic standards.

How might Title I help my child? 

A child attending a Title I school may receive assistance in reading or math from a Title I teacher or assistant. The Title I program works closely with the classroom teacher and other programs in a school to help all children be successful in reading and math. Children also benefit from the training teachers receive or curriculum materials that are paid for with Title I funds.

How is a school eligible to receive Title I money? 

The federal government measures a school’s poverty level by the number of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. Schools that have more than 40% of the student population eligible for free or reduced lunch qualify to have a schoolwide Title I program.

How is a child eligible for Title I services? 

In a Targeted Assistance Program, students most at risk of not meeting challenging state academic standards are identified for additional help in reading or math.  An individual student’s eligibility for free or reduced lunch doesn’t make him or her eligible or not eligible for this extra academic support.

More information

The United States Department of Education publication “Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act provides information about the flexibility granted to states and school districts in how to meet the federal law’s requirements

The Department of Education’s Title I has a description of Title I and links to more information.

The State of Idaho Title I-A: Improving Basic Programs site provides information on school performance under Title I and other details about the program, including parent involvement.

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