What is Title I?
Under the Title I program, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) provides supplemental funding to local school districts to meet the needs of students in a school with a certain percentage of at-risk and low income students. The purpose of this funding is "to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments,” according to the DOE.
What is the Every Student Succeeds Act?
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) seeks to provide every student with a high quality education. It states that students are to be challenged to meet high standards, taught by highly qualified teachers using proven teaching methods and be able to learn in a safe, drug-free environment and creates a system of reports, assessments and sanctions in order to help districts meet those goals. Schools that receive Title I funding are subject to certain rules, regulations and accountability under ESSA.
For more information, visit: ESSA Website
What is a Title 1 School?
A "Title I School'' is a school that is eligible to receive Title I funding. For an entire school to qualify for Title I funds, at least 40% of students must enroll in the free and reduced lunch program. Title I funds can be used to improve curriculum and programs, to increase staff, or for instructional activities, counseling and parental involvement.
For more information, visit: NJ Title I Program
What does this mean for our parents?
An important part of ESSA is the area that focuses on parental involvement and encourages districts to help parents be partners in their children’s education.
- We encourage parents to keep aware of their right to know certain information about their child's records, school and teachers- see our annual "Right to Know" letters on the right side of this page.
- We encourage our parents to keep informed about the school's performance on state testing and on the ESSA "status" by viewing the annual NJ Performance Reports.
- This report card presets school, district, and state level information in those areas mandated by ESSA, such as Adequate Yearly Progress; information on highly qualified teachers; attendance and drop out data; and assessment data that has incorporated all of the conditions mandated under ESSA for meeting federally approved proficiency levels.
- We encourage our parents to get involved by joining our school's parent group organization, attending school events, assisting with school fundraising activities and engaging in conversations with fellow parents as well as school and district staff members.
- We encourage our parents to communicate with your child's teacher and with school and district administrative staff and to attend Back to School Night events as well as parent teacher conferences.