Title I is a federally-funded program part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of this legislation is to provide additional opportunities for struggling children to meet grade level expectations outlined in the Minnesota Academic Standards.
St. Louis Park Public Schools Title I program is to provide opportunities to support children in the basic skills areas. Title I schools with less than the 40 percent schoolwide threshold or that choose not to operate a school-wide program offer a "targeted assistance program" in which the school identifies students who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the state's challenging academic achievement standards.
Targeted assistance schools design, in consultation with parents, guardians, staff, and district personnel, an instructional program to meet the needs of those students. Title I law requires that selection of Title I students be based on objective, uniformly applied criteria given to all students at each grade level and documented on a student selection worksheet. The criteria services must be education-related, unbiased, and equally applied. Schools are to review, on an ongoing basis, the progress of participating children and revising the program when necessary. These programs must use instructional strategies based on scientifically based research and implement parental involvement activities. Students must live in the boundary of both of our Targeted Assistance sites, Peter Hobart Elementary and Aquila Elementary.
Note: These students are given additional services above and beyond the core instruction received in the classroom. Title I is to supplement and not supplant instruction.
Activities to support students must include but not limited to:
Identifying students at risk of failure
Providing additional assistance
Implementing strategies to improve student learning
Implementing effective parent and family engagement
Coordination to eliminate duplication, reduce fragmentation and increase program effectiveness includes but is not limited to services for:
children with disabilities
Native American students
There are several ways parents can become involved in both your child’s school and the Title I program. These include participating in an annual meeting, attending conferences and family connect time, or serving as a Title I site representative. Each school site also has developed its own plan for ensuring family guardian in Title I services.
Migrant Children, Homeless Children and Youth and Foster Care
St. Louis Park Schools ensures:
Migratory children and formerly children who are eligible to receive Title I services.
Homeless Children and Youth has a designated liaison to ensure that they are enrolled and receive appropriate education and support services that address academic success, enrollment and attendance, transportation, dispute resolution to ensure they are not stigmatized or segregated on their status.
Foster Care has a designated to collaborate with the local child welfare agency to create an educational stability of children in foster care.
Parent/Guardian Right To Know
Teacher quality is important for your child’s achievement. If your child attends a Title I school, you have the right to know the following information about your child’s teacher:
The certification of the grade level and subject they teach.
Whether they are teaching under an emergency or provisional license.
District Assessment Plan
Principal on Special Assignment