Title I

What is Title I?

Title I funds are provided to eligible districts and schools to provide supplementary educational help to students. Title I staff members are paid through a federal grant and provide small group academic help to students, in addition to core instruction from the classroom teacher. 

The State of New Hampshire has presented challenging academic standards for each grade level, and all students should work toward meeting these high standards. In our SAU29 schools we provide additional Title 1 support during the elementary years, when children must gain a solid foundation in reading, writing, and math for future academic success.

Children in our "targeted assistance" schools receive Title I supplemental support based on a variety of eligibility information, including assessments, classroom teacher recommendation, and a child's ability to benefit from a small group learning situation.

Children in our two "school wide" Title I schools, Franklin School and Wheelock School, may receive Title I supplemental, based on data, in a small group setting; yet all children may receive services in these schools on a very flexible basis.

The Difference Between "Targeted Assistance" and "School Wide"

All schools receiving federal Title I funds must use those funds to help children to meet challenging state standards through instruction that is SUPPLEMENTAL to the core. All Title I schools seek to include parents/guardians in conversations about their child's education. The difference between the two models is more about WHO may be served, not about HOW services are provided.

Most of the schools in SAU29 are targeted assistance Title I schools, inclusive of Fuller, Symonds, Chesterfield, Harrisville, Nelson, Marlow, and Westmoreland. Franklin and Wheelock are school wide schools, having met a 40% low income threshold as schools, and having submitted and received approval for a comprehensive Title I school wide plan.

Targeted Assistance Schools School Wide Schools
  • Point system based on academic criteria for eligibility mandated
  • Parent permission for services required
  • Title I staff work only with eligible children in small groups
  • Title I may work with identified special needs students but may not supplant - no overlapping with academic goals defined in an IEP
  • All children in the school considered Title I eligible
  • Parental permission for services is not required
  • Title I staff work with children on a very flexible basis (make-up of small groups varies)
  • Title I may work with identified special needs students but may not supplant - no overlapping with academic goals defined in an IEP

Title I and Parent Involvement

You are your child's first and most important teacher!

Research has unquestionably proven the point that when parents are involved in their child's education, students demonstrate better academic achievement, school attendance and greater self-esteem.

How can you get involved?

  • Talk to your child's classroom teacher. If you have questions about your child's progress, the classroom teacher is your first and best resource. If you would like to know more about the when and what of your child's supplemental Title I instruction, certainly contact your child's Title I educator.
     
  • Find out about what your child is learning to meet grade-level standards. Ask about "I Can" statements for your child's grade level.
     
  • Talk to your child about school, and made space and time for homework.
     
  • Attend a Title I parent event, to learn more about your school's Title I program, about at-home activities to benefit your child, and to provide your thoughts about how Title I grant funds should be used to best support our students.
     
  • Review the Title I Parent Involvement Policy.

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Title I Documents