Title I is a federally-funded program. The Title I, Part A program is intended to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards, regardless of economic status. Title I, under the new ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act which replaced No Child Left Behind), is the government’s attempt to provide all children with the opportunity to receive a fair, equitable and high-quality education, and to close the achievement gap.
Bellaire has a school-wide program, ALL students are Title I students and are eligible for services through Title I. Bellaire qualifies as a Title I school based on the percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, which was 49% for 2016 – 2017.
The intent of Title I is to use funds to supplement, not supplant; to provide extra services, instructional materials, etc., not core requirements. Bellaire’s Title I program provides funding for additional staff; one 12 month Grad Lab Coach, the College Center Counselor, and four 11 month counselors. Title I also funds after school tutoring, extended library hours, and provides state test preparation materials as well as supplemental instructional classroom materials. As Title I Coordinator I work with teachers and staff to provide interventions to those students who need additional help in passing the STAAR. Parental Involvement is another big part of Title I.
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