Title 1 Support
Davenport schools benefit from Title I dollars in the following ways:
- Improving student achievement
- Enhances family involvement
- Provides staff development
- Provides supplies and materials
Title I Contacts
Program Administrator/Special Programs
Administrative Assistant / Federal Programs
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.
How Does My Building Become a Title I Funded Site
Title I (in the past also known as Chapter I) is a significant piece of President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” and a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The intended purpose: focus additional federal dollars on high poverty areas with the outcome being improved student achievement.
Dollars are allocated to Title I eligible buildings based on poverty rate. For us, this means the 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
Once the rank order is established the process of allocating dollars begins. 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 grades kindergarten-8th grade in the rank order.
Title 1 Parent Survey
Supplemental Educational Services – Otherwise known as Free Tutoring 2011-2012
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 for eligible students who attend that school. The supplemental instruction must be provided outside the regular school day. The services must be (high quality and research based) specifically designed to help students meet the academic achievement standards.
The district must provide the eligible families with a list of Approved Providers List from Iowa Dept of Ed 2012-13. The list should include a wide variety of providers and several different ways to provide the services. Currently the State of Iowa has approved 41 vendors. 21 of the 41 vendors excluded Davenport students in their description as service. Following registration, an additional 5 vendors withdrew from the service provider list. That leaves 15 vendors participating in the provision of services for Davenport Title I students. You will notice when you review the list that service options include on line instruction, tutoring in the community/home and tutoring in our school locations. Currently, 8 vendors are providing services for Davenport students. The list of approved vendors begins on the next page.
The approved expense for each student is $1299.00 for the current school year.
Information has been available via direct mailing and public locations (Public Library and the YMCA).
Two enrollment dates for this year include August 3rd-September 9th (extended one week) and anytime after September 9th –December 9th.
Priority is given to students on free lunch, then reduced lunch, and then paid lunch status. If your student’s school qualify for SES-Free Tutoring please complete the 2012-2013 Provider Selection Form below and return it to your school by 9/18/2012.
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. Please click here to view the video clip.