Striving to ensure that all students succeed academically and reach grade level performance expectations.
Title I is the United States Federal Government's largest education program to support public schools. Funded through the Elementary & Secondary Act (ESEA ) which is currently authorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For information about ESSA, click here.
The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.
Title I Q&A
What is Title I?
Title I is the United States Federal Government largest education program to support public schools. Funded through the Elementary & Secondary Act (ESEA), Title I is designed to support all students in meeting the State Standards. The goal is to emphasize high academic standards in an effort to help students succeed academically and reach grade level performance expectations.
What are some typical Title I services?
At White Bear Lake Area Schools (WBLAS), we use Title I, Part A funds to meet the needs of students at individual schools. All four of our Title I schools run a School Wide model. In a School Wide, Title I, Part A funds can support the school needs identified through a comprehensive needs assessment and annual evaluation in order to upgrade the school’s entire educational program for the benefit of all students including those not meeting academic standards. School Wide programs are comprehensive school improvement strategies.
What are other uses of Title I funds?
White Bear Lake Area Schools allocates Title I funds to provide training to administrators, teachers and assistants and support district wide family engagement activities. Title I funds at WBLAS also help special population of students:
- Children and Families experiencing homelessness
- Early Childhood
Which students benefit from Title services?
In a School Wide model, all students benefit from Title I, Part A, including those not meeting academic standards., via comprehensive school improvement strategies.
Parent Engagement in Title I
Parent involvement is a critical part of every child's education. This is even more true for students who may be struggling academically. District 624 actively promotes the participation of the parents of Title I children in a wide variety of opportunities. The District 624 Title I Parent Involvement Plan describes how we do this.
How are parents/guardians involved?
- Parents are invited to attend the school's annual Title I Meeting.
- Parents are notified of their child's eligibility for and participation in Title I.
- Parents, staff and students may participate in the development and carrying out of a compact that spells out the goals and shared responsibilities of the child, school and parents for student success.
- Parents are encouraged to participate in Title I meetings and learning opportunities.
- Volunteer at your child's school(s).
As a parent/guardian, you have the right...
- According to the federal law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), parents in all Title I schools have the right to request and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers. This applies to parents of all children in the school, not just those whose children are receiving Title I services.
- to expect communication with your school regarding your student.
- to have input in the school-level parent compact between the school and its families.
- to have input in developing your school's family involvement plan.
- to ask for a meeting with your school principal or your child's teacher at any time.
Homelessness is defined by the McKinney-Vento Act as a student lacking a fixed, adequate night-time residence.
Eligible students in non-public schools within White Bear Lake Area Schools' boundaries are also eligible for Title I services. This school year, students in two non-public schools are receiving Title I services through WBLAS' partnership with LDA Minnesota.
The non-public schools receiving Title I services are:
- Frassati Catholic Academy
- Magnuson Christian School