What is Title 1?
Title I Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. (Title I Part A - Federal Grant Programs)
Where is Title 1 offered in Reading?
Schools identified as receiving Title I financial support are determined by percentages of low-income families within the school enrollment. Currently, only Parker Middle School qualifies as receiving Title 1 assistance. These enrollment numbers and family need change and identification of schools is reevaluated each school year.
How do students qualify for Title 1 support?
Each district must have a procedure outlining the process used in targeted assistance schools to identify students most at-risk of failing to meet achievement standards on the basis of multiple, educationally related, objective criteria established by the district and supplemented by the school. Reading has built a model of data review that looks at standardized assessments, attendance, historical performance, and academic skills. Once students are identified as qualifying for Title 1 assistance, the school reaches out to families with the offer of support. Focused title 1 support areas have been identified in ELA and Mathematics for grades 6 and 7.
Right to Know - Parker Middle School
As a school that receives federal Title I funds, you have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:
Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications?
If Parker Middle school parents/guardians want to request information about your child's teachers, please reach out to Principal Shankland.
Overview information from MA Department of Education:
- Title I: An Introduction
- Understanding Title I Programs: Targeted Assistance and Schoolwide (Reading is a Targeted Assistance District)