For more information about this federal program, please visit the National Center for Education Statistics or the US Department of Education.
What is Title I?
Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), is a federally funded program that provides financial assistance to local education agencies (LEAs) and schools. The purpose of the Title I program is to help at-risk students meet the state's challenging academic content and performance standards. Schools qualify for Title I funds based on economic need. The Title I program offers a variety of services for participating schools, which may include additional teachers and support staff, extra time for instruction, a variety of teaching methods and materials, smaller classes, and professional development for staff and parents/families.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), legislation to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). ESSA provides support to schools with groups of traditionally underserved students who consistently demonstrate low performance. ESSA also provides support to high schools with low graduation rates. The law requires data on student achievement and graduation rates to be reported as well as action in response to that data. However, unlike NCLB, states, districts, and schools will determine what support and interventions are implemented. Additionally, ESSA provides states and districts with a great degree of flexibility and responsibility regarding timelines for progress, school improvement strategies, strong parental involvement and community support.