Title I- Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged, is designed 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.

Approved programs through Title I need to provide additional academic support and opportunities to learn for all children. Funds may be used to extend and reinforce regular school curriculum including, but not limited to:

  • Extra instruction in reading and math
  • School-wide improvement programs 
  • Targeted assistance programs 
  • Special preschool programs 
  • After-school programs 
  • Summer programs

ESEA Waivers and Title I Funding:

Typically waivers are removing the requirement for districts to reserve 20% of Title I funds for Supplemental Education Services and 10% of Title I funds for professional development.  Districts can use these funds for Focus and Priority schools. 

“Priority” schools are the 5% lowest performing schools in the state.   The next 10% lowest performing are considered “Focus” schools.  Districts can identify Focus and Priority schools as a school-wide program and use Title I funds for all students instead of just the students labeled as Title I students.

U.S. DOE ESEA information.

State Flexibility Requests and Approval Letters.

Edmentum solutions provide programs that help schools meet the goals of Title I by:

  • Promoting mastery of academic standards for all students through lessons and assessments built from state standards
  • Increasing accountability of students and schools by providing detailed reports that show where students, classes, or schools stand in mastery of the required standards
  • Providing guidance and opportunities for individualized instruction in reported areas of weakness


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