About Title I

  •  What is Title I? Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation's schools.
  • How long have schools been given Title I funds? Title I began in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of his “War on Poverty”
  • What is the purpose of Title I? Title I money was given to districts to help students in schools affected by poverty. It was intended to help close the achievement gap between schools in affluent neighborhood and schools from poor communities.
  • What does Title I money do for a school?  In a school-wide program, Title I money is used to benefit all of the children in a school.  Title I money is typically used to provide extra staff, materials or professional development for these schools.
  • How might Title I help my child? Title 1 funded staff (Title Interventionists & Paraprofessionals) work closely with the classroom teacher and other programs in a school to help all children be successful in reading and math. Children also benefit from training teachers receive or curriculum materials that is paid for with Title I funds.
  • How is a school eligible to receive Title I money? The federal government measures a schools poverty level by the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch. In Boise School District, a school who has more than 50% of the student population on free or reduced lunch qualifies to have a Title I program.
  • How is a child eligible for Title I services? All children attending a Title I school operating as a school-wide program are eligible to receive services from Title I. Thus, in a school-wide program, all students are Title I students and all teachers are Title I teachers. How Title I resources and staff are used in a school-wide program is decided by the school leadership team and guided by the school-wide program plan.
  • What is a schoolwide program plan? This is a plan a school submits to the district and state department that explains how the school-wide program will operate. It identifies the major school-wide goals the Title I resources will be targeted towards. This plan also gives direction for professional development and parental engagement.