A Parent’s User’s Guide to Title 1 Program

A Parent’s User’s Guide to Title 1 Program

What is Title I?

The purpose of this title 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 challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.The Title 1 Program is designed to support academically at-risk students to encourage accelerated progress toward grade level expectations.

Here at JSR we use our Title I money from the government to pay for 70% of a reading teacher’s salary.  Part of our money is also required to go to aid homeless students with any school related items they may need. 

Title I students are enrolled in a class in the area of reading. 

Students who are receiving Title I services have priority for Title I funded items such as the computers and books.

How is eligibility determined?

Eligibility of each student is determined when assessment results and classroom performance fall below grade level.  When a child is deemed in need of Title 1 services, with the permission and support of the family, students are recommended for the program. 

How are Title I services delivered?

Students will be supported in reading during their reading class.  Title I support is based on student need.  Instructional strategies in the reading classes are consistent with classroom practices and planning for that instruction is done based on student strength and weaknesses.

What is Content Lit?

Content Lit is a full year credit bearing class that is taught by a reading specialist and content teacher. As the name suggests we focus our work on reading and writing skills that are important in content classes. In Content Lit class, students work on their reading comprehension strategies, fluency, writing, speaking and vocabulary skills.  Whenever possible this work is done in the context of work the students are doing in their content area classes. 

Who is the Title 1 teacher?

Title 1 teacher is a highly qualified, experienced teacher. The Title I Reading Specialist works in collaboration with Special Education staff, classroom teachers and the SAU Title 1 Coordinator. 

How do the classroom teachers and Title 1 teachers know whether my child has made growth? What kinds of assessments are done?

Throughout the year, these students are monitored for progress using several assessments. The NWEA test is used three per year to measure progress in reading comprehension.  The NWEA test is completed on a computer whereby students read passages and answer questions that become progressively more difficult.  Scores are evaluated to determine areas of weakness and strength. Star reading testing is also used to identify skills that need instruction and practice. 


About how long are children in the Title 1 program?

With hard work and support from the classroom teacher and Title I teacher and parents, students make growth at a variety of rates.  Classroom teachers and the Title I teacher get together to discuss each student’s progress on a regular basis.  Children who have made adequate and accelerated progress will be considered for discharge from Title I services.  This decision is made by the Title I teacher, parent, student and classroom teachers together.  Children will only receive services as long as they exhibit the need.

How can I continue to support my child?

A strong Title I Program includes the right kind of parental involvement.  That means parents can support their child’s learning goals by reading with them often and discussing what you read.  Reading to/with your son or daughter is very beneficial to students at the high school level.  In addition, knowing about the program and particular strategies being taught to your child are important to your child’s literacy success.

How can parents support literacy at home?

Parents play a key role in developing their child’s reading skills.  Here are some tips to help your child at home:

  • Model positive reading attitudes at home,
  • Have children re-read familiar stories so they can practice fluency and rate,
  • Read and follow directions in manuals and recipe books
  • Read and write letters together
  • Read travel brochures/maps together
  • Read aloud something of interest from the newspaper, or talk about a story which really fascinates you,
  • Continue to read aloud as a regular routine in your home,
  • Show your child the process by which you select books- the use of the title, the cover, the back cover blurb, or skimming or scanning a book
  • Provide you child with the time, space and materials necessary to complete homework
  • Talk with the classroom teachers on a regular basis to get up-to-date information about your child’s progress and ideas for supporting literacy at home.

For more information, questions or concerns, email Jane Jepson, Title 1 Teacher, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.