Title I, Part A – Education of Disadvantaged Children and Youth
Title I, Part A, is intended to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments. As the largest federal program supporting elementary and secondary education, Title I targets these resources to the districts and schools where the needs are greatest.
Bell Elementary School and Trenton Elementary School are both Title I School-Wide Projects. This means that Title I Entitlement Grant funds support supplementary personnel and services for those schools. The mission of Title I is “..to implement programs and services that ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.” Title I is currently funding teachers, an additional Reading Coach, Parent and Family Engagement activities, professional development for teachers, supplemental materials/equipment, and Extended School Day and Extended School Year services. Each school’s School Improvement Plan guides the use of the Title I funds. These funds may be used for supplies, equipment, travel, computer software, etc. Title I school eligibility is determined by the % of Free and Reduced Lunch students at each school.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides you as the parent of a child attending a Title I school, the opportunity to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher, paraprofessional, or services provided by a paraprofessional. This information includes the following:
- Has your child’s teacher met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction?
- Is your child’s teacher teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived?
- Is your child’s teacher teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher?
- Is your child being provided services by a paraprofessional?
- What are the qualifications of the paraprofessional providing services, if applicable?
If you request any of this information, we will provide the information to you in a timely manner.
In addition, we will provide information on the level of achievement and academic growth of your child, if applicable and available, on each of the State academic assessments required under ESSA.
We will also provide timely notice if your child has been assigned to or has been taught by a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned for four or more consecutive weeks.
If you desire to request any of the above information please contact your child’s principal.
School Public Accountability Reports (SPARs)
Title I schools are required to disseminate an annual school report card to parents. In addition to publishing a copy of this in the local newspaper, this report card is also made available to parents each year at the front officer of your child's school. SPARs also contain important school information for parents. Please clink on the SPAR link in order to access a copy of this for your child’s school. A hard copy of this report may be obtained from the district office, upon request. Please contact your school’s principal or the Title I director at (352) 463-4408 if you have any questions or concerns after reviewing this year’s information.
Public school districts are required to consult with private school officials in a timely and meaningful way in order to provide equitable services to private school children. For the current school year, officials from Riverside and First Place Academy private schools have not opted to participate in federal projects under ESSA. For more information or if you would like to provide input, please contact Patricia Powers at (352) 463-4408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Parent Info:
As a parent, you have the right to request parent meetings regarding Title I information. If you would like to request an informational meeting with the Title I Director, please contact the district office at (352) 463-3200.