The federal government provides funding to states each year for Title I services. To obtain these funds, each state must submit a plan describing what children are expected to know and be able to do and ways to measure their progress in relation to their goals.
State Educational Agencies (SEA) send money to school districts based on the number of low-income families that reside in a district and is calculated each year per district. The local school districts (Local Education Agency (LEA) identify eligible schools and provides Title I resources based on funding procured.
The Title I school identifies students most in need of educational help, sets goals for improvement, measures students’ progress, develops programs that supplement the classroom instruction and involves parents in all aspects of the program.
Title I services students through targeted assistance programs, which means that additional assistance is provided to a select group of students based on identified need. This assistance is coordinated with the regular educational program and is funded with an additional allocation from state funding.
These services are supplemental (in addition to) the regular school program, the may not supplant (takes the place of) a program offered and paid for by local schools.
Student progress is measured each year by administrators and teachers to ensure all students are reaching the goals set for improvement.
Students are accepted into the Title I services based on need and funding. A formal process is used to determine the students that will be in the program each year. The process follows strict federal regulations. Parents are encouraged to take an active, participatory role in the Title I program. The federal government and the Massachusetts Department of Education require school districts to involve and inform parents of Title I proposals and activities. Under federal law, parents must be included in the Title I program decisions that shape the program each year. At North Middlesex, this is accomplished by a survey which is distributed at the end of the year. At the beginning of the school year, all parents are invited to an informational meeting which is held at their child’s school.