Title I, Part A
Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). NCLB is based on four basic principles that have led to higher standards and increased achievement. These principles include stronger accountability for results, greater flexibility for States and Communities, more choices for parents, and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work. Title I is the part of NCLB that supports programs in schools and school districts to improve the learning of children from low- income families. Title I is the largest single program of federal aid for elementary and secondary education. Decisions on the use of Title I funds are focused on needs at the school level within general guidelines from the state and district level. The critical element of the law is accountability which requires educators to show results for their efforts rather than mere compliance with program rules.
Title I is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for all students by helping them:
- succeed in the regular program
- attain grade-level proficiency
- improve academic achievement
Schools which have a high percentage of children qualifying for free or reduced priced meals receive an allocation of federal dollars. This allocation is used to pay for supplemental resources to support the purpose of Title I and the goals of the school's School Improvement Plan.
The Title I Program is committed to helping schools close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. This site is designed to supply users with information relevant to Title I in order to provide a clear understanding of the overall program
Resources and Contacts:
When schools work together with families to support learning, children are better prepared to succeed not just in school, but throughout life. FLVS has always recognized that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by the school and family. Although parents come to schools with diverse backgrounds, primary languages, and needs, they want their children to be successful in school. Title I, Part A has strengthened and/or expanded requirements for involving the parents of Title I students to partner with school for improved student achievement.
School Parent Involvement Plans
The School Parent Liaison role is a school-based and identified at each Title I, Part A School. The responsibilities of this position include working with parents, staff, and administrators in an effort to increase student academic achievement by building capacity and increasing parent involvement.
Parent Involvement School Liaisons:
Parent’s Right to Know
Annually the district must disseminate a letter that any parent can request information about any teacher of their child. Under federal law, parents have the right to know:
- Whether a teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
- Whether a teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
- The baccalaureate degree major of a teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree;
- Whether your child is provided services by a paraprofessional, and, if so, their qualifications.
Parent Right to Know Letter
Professional Qualifications Letter
Parent Notification of Teacher's Non-Highly Qualified Status
In addition to the information that parents may request, a school that receives Title I funds must provide each individual parent a timely notice that the parent's child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.
The notice and information provided to parents must be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language that the parents can understand. This applies to all teachers teaching core academic subjects in a Title I school.
Each year Title I principals attest to the highly qualified status of their instructional staff.
Monitoring and Compliance
No Child Left Behind Monitoring - Introduction
The monitoring of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) programs supports the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE’s) mission to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient system. It is also required by federal and state legislation. Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) at 34 CFR 80.40(a) requires the FDOE to monitor subgrant activities, “to assure compliance with applicable Federal requirements and that performance goals are being achieved.” Section 1008.32, Florida Statutes, addresses the responsibility of the State Board of Education for oversight and enforcement relative to compliance. Annually, all Local Educational Agencies (LEAs-School Districts) that receive NCLB funds, must conduct self-monitoring activities. The United States Department of Education (USED) has determined that self-monitoring activities alone are insufficient. As a result, a process to ensure that all LEAs are consistently either visited or monitored through remote and desktop activities. This focused monitoring process affirms that federal programs are implemented with fidelity.
School Monitoring and Audit Documentation - TIPA-Box
What is the TIPA -Box? Box is an online tool that allows Title I schools to store audit and monitoring documentation and evidence to support their Title I program. The intent of this tool is to streamline the current process and reduce the amount of printed documentation in an effort to reduce paper consumption and sustainability.
- FLVS Full Time Kindergarten-8 School - Box (Coming Soon!)
- FLVS Full Time High School - Box (Coming Soon!)
NCLB Complaint Process - Where can I go to get some answers?
Title I, Part A Basic is a federally funded program that must adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by both the US Department of Education and the Florida Department of Education. Every effort should be made to resolve the complaint at the district or school level before filing a complaint with the Florida Department of Education.
If a parent has a concern or complaint regarding Title I, Part A, please first contact your school principal to answer any concerns. If additional guidance is sought contact Mrs. Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Ms. Wilson will start an investigation into what the issues and facts are and try to assist in resolving these issues at the district level.
In the event that a concerned participant feels that services or resolution of concerns from the district level have not met expectations, procedures are in place to address concerns at the state level. This link details the procedures to be followed to file a complaint.