Purpose of Title I
The purpose of Title I-Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (signed into law on December 10, 2015, replacing No Child Left Behind) is to “provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps”. Title I provides technical assistance, service and support to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to help ensure every child has access to an excellent education.
Title I Frequently Asked Questions
What is Title I?
It is the largest federal assistant program for our nation’s schools. The program serves millions of children in elementary and secondary school each year.
Who does Title I serve?
Title I serves children in eligible schools, age 5-17, that are identified most in need of educational help to meet standards.
How does Title I work?
The federal government provides funding to the states each year for Title I. The state Educational Agencies (SEA) send the money to school districts based on the number of low-income families.
What does Title I programs offer?
The programs vary between schools, and may include smaller class sizes, additional teachers and assistants, additional training for staff, extra time for instruction and variety of teaching methods and materials.