Director of Special Programs
Title I, Part A is a federal program designed “To provide all children a significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.”
Title I, Part A funding can support early learning and Kindergarten to grade 12. These programs and services provide customized instruction and curricula that help students meet academic standards and take an active, engaged interest in what they can learn and do. As the oldest and largest federal education program, Title I, Part A programs build equity of opportunity for children whose struggles often keep them on the academic sidelines.
All of our schools in the East Valley School District operate as Schoolwide Programs. This allows our school to consolidate its federal, state, and local funds to upgrade the entire educational program and the entire school population. The focus of the program must be on addressing the needs of low-achieving children and those at risk of not meeting state student academic achievement standards.
Under ESSA, Title I, Part A funds may be used for activities and instruction for enrichment as part of a "well-rounded education". Therefore funds can be uses for courses, activities, and programming in subjects such as English, reading or language arts, writing, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, geography, computer science, music, career and technical education, health, physical education, credit recovery, career and technical education, post-secondary instruction with the purpose of providing all students access to an enriched curriculum and educational experience.
Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) in Title I, Part A Programs
Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) in a child’s education is a greater predictor of academic success than whether or not that family is affluent or poor. That’s why Title I, Part A program regulations insist on robust parent and family engagement activities at every school where federal funds support effective teaching and engaged learning.
What Is Parent and Family Engagement and why does it matter?
Research tells us that students with engaged parents and families, are more likely to:
Learn to read faster (Exhibit faster rates of literacy acquisition.)
Have higher grades and test scores.
Are promoted and take more challenging classes.
Adapt better to school and have better attendance.
Have better social skills and behavior.
Go on to community/technical college or university.
Under federal law, parents and guardians in Title 1 Part A schools are entitled to request information about the professional qualifications of their child’s teachers/paraeducators. Such requests can be made to the Human Resources Director. (ESSA)
Parent and Student Rights in Federal Programs
All instructional materials, including supplementary materials and teachers’ manuals, used with any survey, analysis or evaluation in a program or project supported by federal funds are available for inspection by parents and guardians. No student will be required as part of any project or program supported by federal funds to submit to a survey, analysis or evaluation that reveals information concerning political affiliations; potentially embarrassing mental or psychological problems; sexual behavior and attitudes; illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior; critical appraisals of close family members; privileged or similar relationships; or income, other than information necessary to establish eligibility for a program; without the prior consent of adult or emancipated students, or written permission of parents. Title 1 Part A Complaint Procedures handout.