• Title I Overview and Parent Notifications

    What is Title I?

    Title I is a federal education program housed under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 which was reauthorized under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2001.Title I funding is an allocation of federal money designed to help schools whose families are affected by poverty. Using Title I funding, supplemental education services are provided that allow schools to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged students.

    The focus of Title I schools is to help students achieve proficiency on core standards, closing academic gaps that may exist. These efforts include providing targeted supports to at-risk students, building teachers’ capacity through professional development, and strengthening parents’ abilities in helping their children succeed.

    Title I provides flexible funding that may be used to provide additional instructional staff, professional development, extended-time programs, and other strategies for raising student achievement in high-poverty schools. The program focuses on promoting schoolwide reform in high-poverty schools and ensuring students’ access to scientifically based instructional strategies and challenging academic content. Title I provisions provide a mechanism for holding states, school districts, and schools accountable for improving the academic achievement of all students and turning around low-performing schools while providing alternatives to students in such schools to enable those students to receive a high-quality education.

    Title I includes four major parts:

    • Part A: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
    • Part B: Even Start Family Literacy
    • Part C: Migrant Education
    • Part D: Services for Neglected or Delinquent Children & Youth

    Title I funds must be used in addition to District and State funds. All of the services students would receive in the absence of Title I must be in place before Title I funds are used.

    Title I, Part A provides Utah with more than $50 million in federal funds each year to help higher poverty schools provide supplemental educational services to meet the needs of educationally disadvantaged students.

    Why is my child’s school a Title I school?

    Based on the percent of students enrolled in your child’s school, at least 40% of students qualify for free lunch (identified by the free/reduced-price lunch application).

    How are Title I funds used in Wasatch County School District?

    Title I funds are used in Wasatch School District for parent engagement initiatives, implementing evidence-based strategies, funding district preschool programs, class size reduction, staffing schools with paraprofessionals who are highly-qualified, extended day programming, extended year programs, providing services for students experiencing homelessness, providing targeted interventions to students who need additional help, providing professional development to Title I teachers, and other strategies and interventions that provide help to students and their families.

    What are my rights as a parent of a student attending a Title I school?

    • Timely information about Title I programs
    • A description and explanation of the curriculum and assessments used to measure student progress
    • Information on the level of achievement and academic growth of the student
    • The right to opt out of mandated assessments
    • If requested, opportunities for regular meetings to provide suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children
    • The opportunity to be involved in the planning, review, and improvement of the engagement policy and school-wide program unless the school already has a process in place for involving parents (with adequate representation)
    • If the school plan is not satisfactory to parents, the school will submit any comments to the LEA (district Title I director)
    • Timely notice if their child has been assigned to, or taught, for 4 or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements for the grade level or subject area taught.

    Who should I contact in Wasatch School District with questions about Title I funding? 

    Please contact Eric Campbell at eric.campbell@wasatch.edu, 435.654.0280

     

    What are the goals of Title I?

    • Help students to achieve academic success in Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics;
    • Increase student performance in high poverty schools through school-wide reform;
      Build teacher capacity through quality professional development; and
    • Enhance parents’ abilities to help their children succeed through quality parental involvement activities.

     

     

    Wasatch School District Targeted Title I Schools:

    • Heber Valley Elementary
    • Midway Elementary
    • J.R. Smith Elementary

     

     
Last Modified on October 21, 2021