The Title 1 Program is designed to support academically at-risk students to encourage accelerated progress toward grade level expectations.

How is eligibility determined?

Eligibility of each student is determined using end of the previous years assessment results and classroom performance. Title 1 teachers use a student selection score sheet to help determine eligibility. The score sheet is available to look at on the website. 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 1 services delivered?

Students may either be supported in reading or math,  out-of-class in a small group or one-to-one, depending on several factors. Instructional strategies are consistent with classroom practices and planning for that instruction is done based on student strength and weaknesses.

The extended day program is available to any student receiving in-school services. For some students, extended day program is their additional, value-added instruction when schedules are not conducive to their receipt of services in class.

Who are the Title 1 teachers?

Title 1 teachers are highly qualified, experienced teachers. Some have been classroom teachers and have decided to focus their instruction on reading or math through working in the Title 1 program. All Title 1 teachers work in collaboration with Reading Specialists, Special Education staff, classroom teachers and the 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. For students of all ages, the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessments, closely related to a running record, has recently been chosen and used to collect information about how students read, what strategies they use and on which “level” they are reading and how well they have understood the passages they’ve read aloud.

The DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Beginning Early Literacy Skills) is given to all students three times a year. This test measures the fluency rate of each student and how well they can retell a story that they have just read.

The scores a child receives on the SBAC (Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium) Test, given annually in the spring of grade 3 and reported in the Fall, is another determining factor for eligibility. Scores in the “partially proficient” and “substantially below proficient” category in reading and/or math may render a student eligible for Title 1 services when combined with additional scores on concurring assessments.

The NWEA test is used  up to three times per year to measure progress in decoding, reading comprehension, and math skills. The NWEA test is done by computer whereby students read passages and answer questions that become progressively more difficult. Scores are evaluated to determine areas of weakness and strength.

Finally, school writing assessments and classroom performance are ongoing measures of progress.

In the Everyday Math Program, Profiles of Progress list math goals and whether students are beginning, developing or secure. After each unit, teachers evaluate students on each of the goals and share the information with Title 1 staff. Student support is offered by the Title 1 math tutor in a pull out program and focuses on number sense skills and goals determined by the Profile of Progress. Teachers have also created an essentials to know list. The Title 1 teachers use these essentials to help guide their instruction.

About how long are children in the Title 1 program?

With hard work and support from the classroom teacher and Title 1 staff and parents they do make growth at a variety of rates. About this time of year, classroom teachers and the Title 1 teachers get together to discuss each student’s progress. Children who’ve made adequate and accelerated progress will be discharged. Children will only receive services as long as they exhibit the need.

How will I know if my child has graduated?

It is our hope to communicate with you about your child’s progress as often as possible. However, you will always be informed of any change/discontinuing to your child’s services through the Title 1 Program by a letter. If you are interested in knowing the specific assessment scores, please contact the Title 1 department. If you receive a letter recommending your child for graduation, please sign it and return it. It will be kept in their Title 1 file at the school.

What happens after my student has graduated? What happens if they continue to struggle?

When/If a child’s updated assessment results do show adequate growth, the child can graduate from the Title 1 program services. That means they will continue to receive reading or math instruction from the teachers, but they will not be pulled out for additional services.

However, students are continually monitored for growth to assure they’re maintaining progress. Student data is collected and analyzed regularly and students can re-enter the program if they present the need and it is determined by the Title 1 staff and classroom teachers.

How can I continue to support my child?

A strong Title 1 Program includes the right kind of parental involvement. That means parents can support their child’s learning goals by reading with and to them often and discussing what you read. In addition, knowing about the program and particular strategies being taught to your child are important.