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
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.