FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING
What is a Title I school and what does it have to do with No Child Left Behind (NCLB)?
A Title I school is a school that receives Title I money, the largest single federal funding source for education. Title I began with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. It is intended to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach grade-level proficiency. Title I funds help students who are behind academically or at risk of falling behind. Services can include: hiring teachers, tutoring, technology, parental involvement activities, professional development, purchase of materials and supplies, pre-kindergarten programs, and hiring teacher assistants or others.
Are there different types of Title I schools?
Yes. Funding supports Title I Schoolwide Programs and Targeted Assistance Schools, depending on the level of poverty in the school and how the school wants to function. Schoolwide Program schools (Taylorsville Elementary and Schmitt Elementary) have 40 percent or more of the children on free or reduced-price lunch and go through a one-year planning process. Schoolwide Programs have flexibility in using their Title I funds, in conjunction with other funds in the school, to upgrade the operation of the entire school. Targeted Assistance Schools (Clifty Creek Elementary) have 35 percent or more of the students on free or reduced-price lunch and use Title I funds to focus on helping the students most at risk of academic failure on state assessments.
Do all eligible schools receive Title I funding? Only about one-third of the schools eligible for Title I are funded nationwide. Many eligible Indiana schools do not receive funding. Districts rank schools by poverty and serve them in rank order until funds run out. Schools with 75 percent or more of the students on free or reduced-price lunch must be served. Districts must provide sufficient funding in each school to ensure that there is a reasonable chance of the program being successful.