What is Title I?
The purpose of Title I is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.
The Elementary & Secondary Education Act was reauthorized on December 10, 2015, as the Every Student Succeeds Act, and requires that Districts annually rank and serve schools. Title I schools may implement one of two programs: Title I Schoolwide Program (SWP) or Title I Targeted Assistance (TAS).
Schools receiving these supplemental federal funds are required to provide services that raise the academic achievement level of K through 12th grade participants. Additional support may be provided through professional development and health and guidance services. Parents of children being served have the opportunity to participate in the design and implementation of the program through activities such as serving on the school site council; developing parental involvement policies and compacts; attending parent-teacher conferences, parent training and literacy workshops; participating as classroom volunteers, tutors, and aides, etc.
Title I schools use their funds for a variety of allowable services, including the following:
- Instructional personnel
- Professional development
- Parent and family engagement
- Extension of the school day
- Extended learning opportunities
- Classroom interventions
- Supplemental tutoring and alternate supports
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorizing the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the 2001 reauthorization of ESEA. Paso Robles Joint Unified School District will continually monitor, adjust, and post new information when released by the Department of Education and/or the California Department of Education as it becomes available. For the most recent information on ESSA, please visit: www.cde.ca.gov/re/es/
Schoolwide Program (SWP)
Schoolwide Program (SWP) is the reform effort of Title I. A schoolwide program school may use its Title I, Part A, funds coupled with other educational funds to upgrade the school's entire education program, rather than to target services only on identified children. By affecting the entire program of instruction, the overall education of children in the most impoverished schools can be improved. For schools opting to become schoolwide programs, schools have expanded flexiblity and support.
The SWP becomes the school's overall reform effort. Schools are accountable for the academic achievement of all students under this reform effort, but especially low-achieving students.