Title I Support
What is Title I?
Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is the largest federally funded educational program authorized by Congress that provides supplemental funds to school districts to meet school educational goals.
What does Title I do?
Title I Programs provide funds to districts in order to assist schools with the highest levels of economically disadvantaged to:
- Improve in student achievement for all participating schools
- Improve staff development
- Improve parental and community involvement
How are Title I funds used?
Title I funds must be used to promote:
- High academic achievement for all children
- A greater focus on teaching and learning
- Flexibility to stimulate local initiatives coupled with responsibility for student performance
- Improved linkages among schools, parents, and communities
How Does My Building Become a Title I Funded Site?
Dollars are allocated to Title I eligible buildings based on poverty rate. Public schools are ranked based on their percentage of students on free/reduced lunch. The rank order lists buildings from highest to lowest percentage. To be designated as an eligible school, the attendance area must have at least 35% of the children enrolled from low income families.
How Is the Title I Money Allocated to Eligible Sites?
Funding is distributed based on rank order. All required set asides are first identified. State and federal guidance outlines required as well as allowable set aside categories. The balance of dollars still available after set asides are totaled and subtracted from the allocation is then added to the designated carry over dollars (money unspent from previous budget) to create a new balance. This balance is divided by the total number of resident students (public and non-public students) to create a per pupil cost. The funding formula calls for the per pupil cost to be multiplied by the number of resident students in an eligible school. Schools then receive funding based on the order within the grade span the district has decided to serve.
Grade span refers to the range of grades in a school or district. The district, based on data collected, can decide to focus funding for specific support to specific grades (ex: kindergarten – 3rd grade; kindergarten-5th grade; kindergarten-8th grade; etc.) Our district currently funds preschool as a set aside and Kindergarten-8th grade in the rank order.
Title I Parent Extravaganza
The Davenport Community School District’s Title I program is committed to increasing student achievement and supporting parent involvement. The annual Title I Parent Extravaganza is one of the greatest opportunities to reach out to parents. It is a fun-filled day of educational workshops presented by teachers and administrators focusing on the areas of reading and math to help support learning at home.
Title I services are funded with federal dollars. The legislation that defines the rules and regulations has several different names but the most common term is “No Child Left Behind (NCLB).” If your student is attending a Title I school and it does not meet Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP as defined by the Iowa Department of Education, the school is placed on improvement status (SINA-School in Need of Assistance).
When this designation is confirmed, the district must notify every family with children at that school explaining their right to Parent Choice. A letter is sent to each family with details about the improvement status, a list of schools available for choice transfer, and a form parents are to fill out and return to Central Office. Staff at the Central Office work with the Transportation Department to be sure a schedule is developed in a timely fashion.
Supplemental Educational Services (Free Tutoring)
When a Title I schools does not meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for three years, the school district must arrange for the provision of Supplemental Educational Services (SES) for eligible students who attend that school. The supplemental instruction must be provided outside of the regular school day. The services must be high quality and research based. The services must be designed to help students meet the academic achievement standards.
The district must provide the eligible families with a list of approved providers. The list should include a wide variety of providers and several different ways to provide the services. Service options include online instruction, tutoring in the community/home, and tutoring in our school locations.
Title I Contacts
Dr. Kendahl Owoh
Director of Federal and State Programs
Federal Programs Specialist
Administrative Assistant / Federal Programs