Title I is a federal aid program for elementary and secondary schools. Title I provides money to school districts around the country based on the free & reduced lunch population in the district. Each school district uses their Title I funds to pay for extra educational services for children. The program's purpose is to ensure all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on state academic achievement standards and assessments. By providing focused attention and assistance in identified areas of need, students will be given opportunities to experience school success.
Originally known as "Title 1" of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of l965, it was renamed "Chapter I" in 1981. In l988, Chapter I was amended by the Hawkins-Tafford Elementary and Secondary School Improvement Amendments of l988. In l994, during the reauthorization of the law, Congress reverted back to the program's original name, "Title I." In 2001, Title I was reauthorized under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The key themes of NCLB are to hold states and schools accountable for the achievement of all students, ensure high quality teacher preparation and training, and provide parents access to information and choice regarding their child's education.
In Bradley County Schools, ten of the eleven elementary schools are designated as Title I: Black Fox, Charleston, Hopewell, Michigan Avenue, Oak Grove, Park View, Prospect, Taylor, Valley View, and Waterville Community Elementary School.
The principal of each Title I school attests annually in writing to whether the school is in compliance with Highly Qualified Requirements. These attestations are made available to any member of the general public on request.
Title II- Improving Teacher Quality
Title II funds are used to provide high quality professional development for teachers.
Title III- Language and Instruction for English Language Learners (ELL)
Title III funds provide assistance to children who are Limited English Proficient (LEP) and non-English speaking (NES). A sufficient number of ELL Specialists are employed to work directly with these students and ensure special accommodations are provided if needed.