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What is Title I?
The No Child Left Behind Act is a reauthorization (similar to a review, and an amendment) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was first enacted in 1965. President Bush signed this reauthorization into law on January 8, 2002. Title I - Part A of this act (there are lots of different "Titles," or provisions in this law) is the largest single program of federal aid for elementary and secondary education, focusing the aid on schools with high poverty levels. This federally funded program provides support to students, who may be at risk for failing to achieve the state content standards, which are tested through MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) each spring. Services by Title I tutors are provided to identified students in both public, and private schools.
How are Title I funds acquired by the NRSD?
Title I funds are directed to schools with the highest poverty rates. The number of students receiving free and reduced lunch determines the poverty percentages for each school. Percentages are calculated for each individual school, as well as an average percentage for the whole school district. Funds are allocated to schools based on those schools with the highest percentage of poverty. Any student, in that school, which is identified as needing support, is eligible for Title I services. This year four of our six schools qualify for Title I funding. They include: Baldwinville Elementary School, East Templeton, Phillipston Memorial School and the Narragansett Middle School.
What are the Goals of the Title I program?
The goal of Title I is to provide additional supplementary assistance to identified students to help them be successful in meeting the high standards that are tested on the MCAS tests. Harcourt Reading Intervention materials, and a variety of supplemental materials in both reading and math, are used by the Title I tutors. Referral forms are used in order to identify students who could benefit from additional support. Referral forms include results of student performance on assessment tests, as well as noted areas of weakness, identified by the classroom teacher. Students who have the greatest need, as indicated on the referral forms, receive Title I services.
How much funding does NRSD receive for the Title I program?
The amount of money that the Narragansett Regional School District receives varies each year. This year, 2008-09, the federal government used more recent poverty and census data to determine funds for states and local communities. Unfortunately for Narragansett, our Title I allocation from the federal government this year is approximately $200,000. This is approximately $30,000 less than the year before. The bulk of our funding is used to pay the salaries of our Title I tutors. A small portion is used for professional development and for parent / family programs.
How can parents/ families become involved?
Parent/Family Involvement is an important component of a Title I program. Parent involvement also means getting involved in the decisions of Title I, providing input into the plan and the programs, etc. A parent involvement committee meets periodically and encourages family feedback. In addition, family programs are offered throughout the year on various topics related to improving student achievement in the content areas of English Language Arts and mathematics. These programs are communicated by flyers and often request a response from you in order to ensure adequate materials and light refreshments are available.
Who is the director of the Title I program and how can I contact her?
Mrs. Kim Chenoweth is the director of NRSD's Title I program. She can be reached by e-mail. Please feel free to contact her with any questions or comments.