Title I is a federally funded program reauthorized by the No Child
Left Behind Act of 2001(NCLB). Title I funds are designed to help close
the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their peers. The
program intends to ensure that all children have an opportunity to
obtain a high quality education and attain proficiency on challenging
State academic achievement standards.
Title I provides supplemental funding to schools that qualify as a
high-poverty school according to eligibility for free and reduce-priced
meals. Title I provides resources to schools in greatest need first.
These restricted grant funds provide supplementary funding to improve
the teaching and learning of children. Funds are to be used to
supplement the academic programs and cannot be used to supplant the
services that would be provided in the absence of these funds. For
example, funds can support extra instruction in reading and/or
mathematics, after-school tutoring, and summer programs to extend and
reinforce the regular school curriculum beyond what is provided by the
Title I Programs
There are two types of Title I program designs: school-wide and targeted assistance.
School-wide programs allow for all students and families in high poverty
school zones (over 40% poverty) to be eligible for Title I services.
Title I school-wide programs are based on a comprehensive plan of
academic support that details how all instruction, assessment, school
resources, and outlines how the highly qualified teachers will be
utilized to support the academic achievement of all students.
Targeted Assistance Programs
All Title I resources and support are focused on an identified group of
students and families. In targeted assistance programs, all
instruction, resources, and highly qualified staff support the improved
academic achievement for the identified students and families.