The purpose of Title I “is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency at state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.
A Title I school is eligible to implement a Title I schoolwide program when the poverty level (determined by free and reduced lunch counts) is at or above 40%.
A Title I schoolwide program is a comprehensive program used to upgrade the complete educational program of a Title I school thus raising academic achievement for all students.
Core Requirements for Schoolwide Programs
A comprehensive needs assessment that identifies the school’s strengths and challenges in key areas affecting student achievement
A comprehensive plan for long-term improvement designed to address identified needs
Regular evaluation of the program and updating of the plan as necessary
Appropriately licensed teachers and qualified paraprofessionals
A schoolwide school must regularly evaluate the impact of the program on student achievement and update the plan as necessary. This involves examining outcomes and implementation data to determine whether the academic achievement of all students—particularly of low-achieving students—has improved, whether the goals and objectives were achieved, and if the plan is still appropriate as written.
Teacher Professional Qualifications:
At the beginning of each school year, all parents may request the professional qualifications of their student’s classroom teacher(s), including the following: ● Whether the student’s teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
● Whether the student’s teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualifications or licensing criteria have been waived;
● Whether the student’s teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher; and
● Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Highly Qualified Notifications:
The Liberty Local Schools provides to each individual parent of a child timely notice that the student has been assigned, or has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks, by a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.
The Liberty Local Schools provides information on the level of achievement of their student in each of the State's academic assessments (AIR). Parents may request, and the district shall provide the parents on request, information regarding any State or district policy regarding student participation in any assessments. Parents may request information on each assessment required by the State and/or district.
Parent and Family Engagement
Family involvement serves to promote and support the social, emotional, physical, academic, and occupational growth of children.
Strong family engagement is an important way to narrow gaps of opportunity or achievement and help all children learn and succeed.
Annual Title I Parent Meeting
Each year, schools served by Title I programs are required to host a meeting for parents to explain what the Title I program is and how parents can become involved in the Title I program.
The following items are to be addressed at the Title I meeting:
Inform parents of their school’s participation in Title I.
Explain Title I requirements
Explain what participation in Title I programming means, including:
a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum;
information on the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress; and
information on the achievement levels of state academic standards that students are expected to meet.
Explain/share the Parent and Family Engagement Policy, Family Involvement Policy, School-Parent Compact and Parent Right to Know information.
The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality. This includes teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, and retention. In addition, Title IIA funds may be used to improve the skills and knowledge of principals for effective school leadership.
The purpose of Title III is to help ensure that English learners (ELs) attain English language proficiency and meet state academic standards.