Title I Programs
Ensuring All Students Have a Chance to Succeed
Title I is a federally funded program providing additional educational services to students identified as at risk of failing or not meeting the state’s academic standards. 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 funding is based on the number of students who qualify for the free- and reduced-price lunch program. However, students do not have to participate in this lunch program to qualify for Title I services.
All Title I services and programming are additional to the regular classroom instruction. Title I teachers are trained in a variety of research-based instructional methods to best meet the needs of individual students. Services to students can be delivered in a small group setting outside the classroom or provided in the regular classroom. It is not uncommon for a school to combine approaches.
Title I schools can operate either as a Targeted Assistance Program or a School-wide Program.
Title I Targeted Assistance Programs
A school is eligible for a Targeted Assistance Title I Program if it serves an eligible Title I school attendance area. Targeted Assistance schools use criteria such as standardized assessments, classroom performance, student grades, and teacher recommendations to identify students eligible to receive Title I services. Eligible students are failing or at risk of failing to meet grade-level standards. If all eligible students cannot be served, those most in need are served.
Targeted Assistance schools provide additional instruction and interventions for students most at risk of not meeting state standards in math and reading. This additional instruction may take place before, during, or after the school day.
Roseville Area Schools has two Targeted Assistance Programs: Roseville Area Middle School (RAMS) and Fairview Alternative High School (FAHS).
Title I Schoolwide Programs
A school is eligible for a Title I Schoolwide Program if it has a poverty level of at least 40% and is receiving Title I funding. A Schoolwide Program uses Title I funds to upgrade a school's entire educational program. Title I funds can be used to serve all students. Although a Schoolwide Program is not required to identify and provide supplemental services to particular children, staff must include strategies for meeting the educational needs of historically underserved populations in a school-wide plan. They must pay particular attention to the needs of low-achieving children who are most at risk of not meeting state standards.
Schools that qualify to operate a Title I Schoolwide Program may choose to operate as a Targeted Assistance Program.