Title I Programs at City Schools

  • Background and Purpose

    Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.

    The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

    Title I funds are distributed to high-poverty schools so they can:

    • Provide additional academic support and learning opportunities to help low-achieving children master challenging curricula and meet state standards in core academic subjects
    • Ensure that parents/families have an opportunity to be involved in their children’s education

    Implementation

    There are two types of Title I programs:

    • Targeted Assistance School Program (TAS): The Targeted Assistance School program allows Title I teachers to provide services to a select group of “eligible” children. “Eligible” children are identified as those who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the challenging state academic standards. In a TAS, Title I funds may only be used to provide services to the children who are identified as having the greatest need for educational assistance. To identify the children who have the greatest need for these services, the school makes this determination based on multiple, educationally related, objective criteria established by the LEA and the school.

    • Schoolwide Program (SWP): In contrast to the TAS program, the Schoolwide program allows all students to be eligible for additional academic support. The Title I funds are used to upgrade the entire school’s educational program so that the overall education of ALL children who attend the school can be improved.