Q. What is the purpose of Title I?
A. The purpose of Title 1 is to provide additional educational assistance to students beyond regular classroom instruction (Tier I).
Q. When does Title I assessment take place?
A. Initial assessment for Title 1 takes place in the Fall of each school year. Additional assessments also take place throughout the entire school year to assess student progress.
Q. Can students be referred to Title I anytime during the school year?
A. Yes, students can be referred to the Title I anytime during the school year. When a child is referred, the Title 1 staff must use an objective criteria to qualify the student as done during the original selection process.
Q. Can students be dismissed from Title I services?
A. Students can be dismissed from Title I services based on improved performance in the classroom or upon the request of parents, the classroom teacher, or the Title I teacher. However dismissal of a student should be made through collaboration between the Title I and classroom teachers and with the parents of the student. If a student who was originally selected for services is no longer going to be a part of the Title I program, this decision should be made by the Title I staff, classroom teacher(s), and the student's parents. If, for example, a Title I teacher or a classroom teacher notices a dramatic improvement in a Title I student, then both teachers as well as the student's parents could decide that the student no longer needs Title I services. Removal of a student from the program during the year should always be done on an individual student basis and it must be a joint decision between all parties involved.
Q. If the same students are in Title I for many years, is that okay?
A. The goal of Title I is to assist students so that they no longer need Title I services. However, if a child continues to be eligible for services each year, it is allowable to keep serving them. Schools are highly encouraged to look at all students on a regular basis through student progress reports to determine if they can be released from the Title I program. (Follow exit criteria)
Q. If you have a signed letter from a parent checking off "No, I do not want my child to receive Title I services," do you need a separate waiver form as well?
A. No, a separate waiver form is not necessary. The requirement is only that you must have the parent's signature if he/she does not want his/her child to receive Title I services, not that you must also have a separate waiver form.
Q. Can students on an IEP also receive Title I services?
A. Yes. Special education students are eligible for Title I services on the same basis as all other students. You cannot exclude special education students just because they are already receiving extra services, as that would be discrimination. These students must be chosen, ranked, and served on the same basis as all other students. In addition, local schools may not create a policy saying that they won’t double serve students. However, IEP or EL students are also entitled to additional services required by law because of their disability or their limited proficiency in English. (Conference with Sped and EL staff to determine language acquisition or IEP needs) School staff may decide that these additional services required by law are sufficient to enable them to meet the state’s challenging standards, or that a child who is not receiving any additional services is more qualified for Title I services. Every situation and student is unique and should be considered for services on a case-by-case basis. Again, Title I staff must use their best professional judgment in making decisions as to which students are in greatest need to receive Title I services.