What is Title I?
Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation's schools. The goal of Title I is high quality education for every child, so the program provides extra help to students who need it the most. The program serves millions of children in elementary and secondary schools each year.
Because it can make a difference in many lives!
Title I can help:
- Children do better and feel better about themselves.
- Parents understand their children better. Parents can also have more say about their children's education.
- Teachers benefit for the suggestions and support that parents offer and from the satisfaction of seeing children succeed.
How does Title I work?
The federal government provides funding to states each year for Title I to get the funds, each state must submit a plan describing:
- what all children are expected to know
- the high quality standards of performance that all children are expected to meet
- ways to measure progress
The Local Education Agency identifies eligible schools, those with the highest percentage of children from low income families, and provides Title I resources. The Title I School works to:
- identify students most in need of educational help (student do not need to be from low income families to receive assistance)
- set goals for improvement
- measure student progress, using standards set forth in the Goals 2000: Educate America Act
- develop programs that add to regular classroom instruction
- involve parents in all aspects of the program
Share a Love of Learning
Set a good example! Let your child see you:
- read newspapers, magazines and books
- writes letters, grocery lists or a diary
- use math to prepare budgets, compare prices, etc.
Make Learning Fun
Help your child build language, reading and math skills during:
- games - provide crossword puzzles, dot-to-dot drawings, word games, etc.
- outings - help your child read signs while shopping
- trips - ask your child to read and tell you about where you are going.
Take Advantage of Resources
- Visit your public library together. Help your child pick out books to read just for fun.
- West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) offers resources to parents on web.
Limit TV Time
- limit time to 1-3 hours a day
- have your child choose programs by reading the program guide - not by switching Channels
- watch with your child and discuss programs afterward