The federal government provides funding to states each year for Title 1. 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.
State Educational Agencies (SEA’s) send money to school districts based on the number of low-income families. The local school districts (Local Education Agency LEA) identifies eligible schools and provides Title 1 resources.
The Title 1 school identifies students most in need of educational help, sets goals for improvement, measures students’ progress, develops programs that add to the classroom instruction and involves parents in all aspects of the program.
Title 1 services students through targeted assistance programs which means that additional assistance is provided to a select group of students. This assistance is coordinated with the regular education program and gets its funds from the state.
These services are supplement (in addition to) the regular school program, 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. If certain goals for improvement are not met after a time then parents, administrators and teachers should meet as a team for further discussion.
North Middlesex Regional School District receives Title 1 money as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The amount of money received by North Middlesex and school districts across the nation is determined by the number of low-income children residing in the district. The amount of Title 1 money may vary from year to year.
Students are accepted into the Title 1 reading support program on a neediest students first basis. 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 1 program. The federal government and the Massachusetts Department of Education require school districts to involved and inform parents of Title 1 proposals and activities. Under federal law, parents must be included in the Title 1 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.
For more information, go to: NMRSD Title 1