What is Title I?
Title I is a federally funded program that was enacted in 1965 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), committed to closing the achievement gap between low-income students and other students. Funds are based on free and reduced lunch numbers. A school must have 40% average daily membership (ADM) to operate a “schoolwide program”. Currently, all elementary schools in Asheville City Schools fall within this category.
The Purpose of Title I Programming is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on state and local academic achievement standards and assessments.
The District Title I Plan includes a District Title I Staff Team and a Parent & Stakeholder Involvement Team with representatives from each of the Title I Schools that meet at least 3 times annually with specific tasks and areas of focus to include, but are not limited to:
- specific strategies to increase parent involvement, input, and engagement
- ensure high-quality academic assessments, accountability systems, training, curriculum, and instructional materials are aligned with standards so that students, teachers, parents, and administrators can measure progress against common expectations for student academic achievement
- meet the educational needs of low-achieving and disadvantaged children
- close the achievement gap between high and low performing children
- assist schools with accountability for improving the academic achievement of all students
- distribute resources effectively to make a difference where needs are the greatest
- improve teaching and learning
- elevate the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with high-quality professional development
The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires Title I schools to notify each parent in the school whose child is being taught for four or more weeks by a teacher who is not “Highly Qualified” regardless of whether or not the teacher is being paid with Title I funds.
At the beginning of the school year, districts must notify all parents of students attending a Title I school that they may request, and the district must provide in a timely manner, information regarding the professional qualifications of students’ classroom teachers including, at a minimum the following:
- Whether the teacher has met North Carolina qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver through which the state qualifications or licensing criteria have been waived.
- The bachelor's degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field or discipline of the certification or degree.
- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
- Notification must be disseminated at the start of the school year (first 30 calendar days of school) and/or at any point when a child has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks, by a teacher who is not highly qualified. [Section 1111(h)(6)(B)(ii)]
- The method used to notify parents must be documented in the language the parents can understand and must occur annually