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Title I Program

Overview

Title I, Part A is contained in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. This legislation reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Title I, Part A is a federal program that provides financial assistance to local school systems and schools with high percentages of poor children to support the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. All twenty-four local education agencies in Maryland receive Title I funds. These funds provide additional academic support and learning opportunities to help low-achieving children who attend Title I schools master challenging curricula and meet state standards. Title I funds support extra instruction in reading and mathematics, additional teachers, materials of instruction, as well as after-school and summer programs to extend and reinforce the regular school curriculum.

There are two types of Title I programs: Targeted Assistance School programs and Schoolwide programs. Schools are identified and authorized to implement one of these programs based on the percentage of students receiving free and reduced-price meals (FARMs).

The Targeted Assistance School program allows Title I teachers to provide services to a select group of children. Title I funds may only be used to provide services to children who are identified as having the greatest need for educational assistance.

The Schoolwide program allows all students to be eligible for additional academic support. Federal funds are used to support and enhance the overall school program. Title I funds may be used to upgrade the entire school’s educational program so that the overall education of ALL children who attend the school can be improved. Currently, all Title I schools in Howard County operate as Schoolwide programs.

Currently, all Title I schools in Howard County operate as Schoolwide programs.

Title I Schoolwide Program schools in Howard County:

Policies and translations

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I as a parent be involved in my child’s success?

  • Attend family programs sponsored by Title I.
  • Join school committees such as the School Improvement Team, Action Team, and Family Involvement Team.
  • Work with schools to determine how parental funds for Title I are spent.
  • Offer suggestions to schools and teachers for improvement and professional learning.
  • Share responsibilities with teachers for your child’s success.

What is Title I Family Involvement?

Title I schools receive funding to provide family and community programs, including:

  • Family Math or Reading Night
  • Homework Support
  • Book Clubs
  • Information Nights about PARCC
  • Read With Me Programs
  • Title I and Academic Intervention Summer School