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By Lauren Allen


Title I provides additional funding to support economically disadvantaged students.

What is Title I?

Title I funds are provided by the federal government to provide additional support to schools serving economically disadvantaged students. In 2015-16, seventy percent of BSMS' students were considered economically disadvantaged.

A Schoolwide Approach

A schoolwide program school may use its funds to upgrade the school's entire educational program. However, care should be exercised that children in greatest need reap the benefit of the Title I funding. A schoolwide program must be based on a comprehensive needs assessment of the entire school. The school must develop a schoolwide reform strategy that provides opportunities for all children to meet the state's advanced and proficient performance levels. Schoolwide program evaluation is based on the achievement of all students.   

A schoolwide program plan, by law, must include the following ten components:    

  • A comprehensive needs assessment of the entire school     
  • Schoolwide reform strategies that provide opportunities for all children to meet the state's proficient and advanced levels of academic achievement and use methods and instructional strategies based on scientifically based research     
  • Instruction by highly qualified staff     
  • High quality and ongoing professional development based on scientifically based research     
  • Strategies to attract highly qualified teachers     
  • Strategies to increase parent involvement     
  • Plans for assisting preschool children in the transition to elementary school     
  • Measures to include teachers in assessment decisions     
  • Activities to ensure that students having difficulty mastering the proficient or advances levels of academic achievement standards shall be provided with effective, timely, additional assistance 
  • Coordination and integration of federal, state and local services and programs 

A Parents Right to Know

At the beginning of every school year, Title I schools must tell parents they have a right to request the following information about the professional qualifications of their children’s teachers. 

Parents have the right to know:

  • Whether the teacher has met state qualifications and has a license for the grade level and the subject area he or she teaches
  • Whether the teacher has an emergency or provisional license
  • What degrees the teacher holds and the field of discipline of his or her certification or degree
  • Whether the child is being taught by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications

In addition, your child’s school must notify you if your child has been assigned, or has been taught by—for four or more consecutive weeks—a teachers who is not highly qualified.

Should you have any questions or wish to request the above information please contact Lauren Allen, Principal, at (919) 575-9429.