Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to state and local educational agencies to meet the needs of at-risk children. The goal of Title I is to provide instructional services and activities which support students in meeting the state's challenging performance standards.
What is Title I?
The Department of Education's explanation of Title I.
Which ASRSD schools receive Title I Services?
Each of the four schools is identified as a Title I school. The district's Title I Program Plan provides school wide assistance to students and teachers in the Ayer Shirley Regional High School, the Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School, the Lura A. White School and the Page Hilltop Elementary School. The program plan is adjusted annually based on student enrollment, funding formulas, and need for academic support. School wide services may include supplemental professional development or coaching support to teachers, direct services in mathematics or English Language Arts/Literacy to students in the form of extra time on learning after school or in the summer, or the provision of instructional resources paid for with Title I funds in addition to (not instead of) local financial resources provided by the district.
How does our school receive Title I money?
First, the federal government provides funding to each state for the purpose of supplemental education. Once state Title I grant applications have been approved, local grant applications are made available to local school districts. How much money each school receives is determined by the number of low-income students attending that school.
Finally, Title I schools:
- Identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based on the criteria that school has chosen. Students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.
- Set goals for improving the skills of educationally disadvantaged students at their school.
- Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title I program for each student.
- Develop programs for each individual student in order to support/supplement regular classroom instruction.
We welcome you to view the links below to find out more about us and the focus of our Title I program. Please feel free to contact the Title I Department with any questions.