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1 Welcome to the World of Title I
Title One Welcome to the World of Title I

2 What is Title I? Title I was originally developed during Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration in 1965. Title I was updated as part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. How do schools qualify for Title I? Schools must demonstrate that the K-12 student population has high percentage of economically disadvantaged students. Services are provided if 40% or more of the student population is free or reduced price meals (free or reduced lunch.) Why are Title I funds allocated to exclusively high poverty schools? There is a link between achievement and economicaly disadvantaged. Which Children are Title I children? There are only Title I schools, not Title I students. How are Title I funds used? Title I funds are used to promote academic achievement and to create a greater focus on learning. President Johnson worked with Congress to create the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of For the first time, large amounts of federal money went to public schools. Title I is the largest federally funded educational program. This program provides supplemental funds to school districts who qualify for Title I. Schools qualify based on demonstrating that the k-12 student population has a sufficiently high percentage of economically disacvantaged students. Title I regulations require school districts to provide services to all schools where at least 40% of the students qualify for free or reduced price meals. Research studies done over the past 30 years show schools with high concentrations of economically disadvantaged students generally demonstrate lower levels of achievement than do schools with lower concentrations of economically disadvantaged students. There is a common misconception that a Title I child is a child eligible for free and reduced price meals, but this is false. The Title I program in the district operates at the school level in the form of a schoolwide program, there are technically no Title I children, only Title I schools. Since we are a district wide Title I school, students how need extra support can receive this support. Title I funds are used for educational purposes. They cannot be used for purchase/lease/rent or improvement of facilities.

3 Continue with What is Title I?
Title I helps to ensure all children reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. Although Title One has changed over the years; the goal has always been to help students in need. The primary goal of Title I is to develop in each child: -- a feeling of success and self-confidence -- develop a positive attitude toward themselves so that they become interested in the learning process.  -- to provide classroom atmosphere where frequent encouragement and praise will help the students take the next step they need in their personal educational skills. We are fortunate to be a part of this continuing process. 

4 Process for Identifying Students Who Need Title I Support
DIBELS and AIMSweb test results Three Tier Category Benchmark Strategic Intensive The process used for identifying students for additional assistance, as part of our Title I program, includes our DIBELS and AIMSweb assessments to determine students in need; students fall into a Tier category (Tier One Benchmark, Tier Two Strategic, or Tier Three Intensive); Tier Two and Tier Three receive Title I support through Interventions. Benchmarks are established at the county level through the Student Achievement Model (SAM) and students will fall into a three tiered level of proficiency. Tier One meets Benchmark targets and students are projected to meet grade level expectations, Tier Two (Strategic) are almost at Benchmark but need support to help reach this goal (meeting grade level expectations) and Tier Three (Intensive) needs intensive intervention support to succeed. Those in the latter two tiers are progress monitored in the area of reading fluency.

5 Interventions Interventions are instructional strategies that use research-based programs. Small group support via pull out by paraprofessional to work with students. Continuous support to strengthen identified weaknesses to insure success for long term.

6 Intervention Programs Cass City Elementary
Teacher-Directed Pals Phonics for Reading Leveled-Literacy Intervention Read Naturally Six Minute Solution Road to the Code Reading Eggs Teacher-Directed Pals is a first grade intervention. Students work on short vowel sounds and then move to more chunks or blends. Phonics for Reading comes in three levels (level 1 short vowels, level 2 review of short and move to long, and 3 long vowel work. Students also have some reading practice with this intervention. Phonics for Reading is used at first, second, third, or fourth grade level. Leveled-Literacy Intervention provides decoding work, word work, letter work, writing and reading practice. This intervention is for first or second grade. Read Naturally is a computer program where students work on fluent reading and comprehension. Six Minute Solution focuses on short/long vowel work along with fluency practice in reading.

7 Intervention Programs Elementary / Jr. High School
Read Naturally Phonics for Reading Six Minute Solution Focus on Math/Alg. Accelerated Math/Reading Vectorkids Math Rescue Series Milestones Take AIM Key Three Routine

8 Intervention Programs High School
The Island Practice ACT Testing Aims Web Literal Thinking Skills Literal Reading Skills

9 For Questions? Feel free to contact: Nick Moyer Title I Director Ext:3510

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