The Title 1 Program at the Secaucus Public School District
What is Title I?
Title I is a federal grant offered through the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 that provides assistance to schools that meet certain criteria. The purpose of Title 1 is to provide financial assistance for resources and instruction to schools where economically disadvantaged students attend. This is not to say that only the economically disadvantaged receive support. Any student, regardless of their socio-economic status, can qualify for Title 1 (see “How did my child qualify…?” below for more). Specifically, Title 1 money helps students access the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts and Mathematics and Secaucus’ rigorous curricula in those subjects. Research shows that this assistance has the potential to increase student achievement. Funds can be used solely for programs, materials and services that supplement, and do not supplant, the services that would be provided in the absence of these funds.
There are two kinds of Title I assistance: Schoolwide and Targeted Assistance. Schoolwide means the entire school qualifies for Title 1 support and is reserved with schools with very high rates of overall poverty. Targeted Assistance means that while there are enrolled students who come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, it does not reach the level of a schoolwide program. Targeted Assistance means that the schools must actively seek out and provide additional resources, materials and instruction only for qualified students. In the 2015-2016 school year, Huber Street Elementary, the Middle School and the High School qualified for Targeted Assistance.
How can did my child qualify for Title I services?
The teachers and administrators spend the late summer and early fall collaborating with each other to ensure only identified students are provided Title I services. Data is gathered from various places including past standardized test scores, Renaissance assessments, teacher-created assessments, as well as teacher recommendations to form as complete a picture of the students' academic performance as possible. Only when the district has achieved triangulation - at least three data points that lead toward support – is the student considered qualified.
How can parents become more involved with the Title I program?
Title I has a parent involvement mission which is designed to:
As a parent of a student enrolled in a Title 1 program, you have the right to communication from the school. When your student has been identified for enrollment or exit, you must be notified. Furthermore, you have the right to "opt out" your child from the program. Finally, the school is responsible for holding a parent information meeting to inform parents and guardians of the program and its benefits. It is strongly encouraged that the parent or guardian becomes an active participant in the students overall education. Research clearly shows that a strong relationship between the school and the parents correlate to improved student academic performance.
If you have any questions about the Title 1 program, please contact your student's Guidance Office.
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