Title I is a federally funded program which provides services to schools based on student economic needs. Title I is the largest Federal Assistance Program for our nation's schools. The goal is to provide a high-quality education for every child, so the program provides extra help to students who need it most. These students are the furthest from meeting the standards the state has set for all children.
On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This new law represents the education reform plan and contains the most sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act since it was enacted in 1965.
Further information on NCLB (No Child Left Behind) and AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) and can be found on the Georgia Department of Education's web site, www.doe.k12.ga.us.
Every Title I school has made Assurances that consist of the following components:
- A comprehensive needs assessment of the school
- Proven methods and strategies for student learning, teaching, and school management based on scientific research and effective practices
- Instruction by highly qualified teachers
- High quality, ongoing, professional development based on scientifically based research for teachers, principals, and paraprofessionals
- Strategies to attract high-quality, highly qualified teachers to high need schools
- Strategies to increase parent involvement, such as family literacy services
- Plans for assisting preschool children in the transition from early childhood programs. Measures to include teachers in decisions regarding the use of academic assessments
- Activities to ensure that student having difficulty mastering the proficient or advanced levels of academic achievement standards shall be provided with effective, timely, additional assistance
- Coordination and integration of federal, state, and local services and programs