Title I is an abbreviation for Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Title I is the national's largest federal assistance program for schools. Title I funding is based on a formula which involves the number of low-income families within a school. Although schools qualify on the basis of this count, Title I students are not chosen based upon income. Title I students are chosen based upon educational need.
Title I is the nation's largest federal assistance program for schools. Bear Creek Community Charter School operates a school-wide Title I program, which includes one-on-one and small group academic support through paraprofessional staff, after-school tutoring, the Eco Explorers summer remediation program, and numerous parent involvement activities throughout the school year.
A schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school; its primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on State academic achievement standards.
Whereas Title I targeted assistance programs only provide educational services to identified individual students, schoolwide programs allow staff in schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families to redesign their entire educational program to serve all students. The emphasis in schoolwide program schools is on serving all students, improving all structures that support student learning, and combining all resources, as allowed, to achieve a common goal. Schoolwide programs maximize the impact of Title I.