What is Title I?
Arlington ISD Title I programs are designed to accomplish these primary goals:
- Focus educators on the academic needs of specific student populations
- Ensure the access of students to effective, scientifically based instructional strategies and challenging academic content to close the academic gap of all students
- Prepare all students for college and career readiness
For an AISD school to qualify as a Title I Schoolwide program, the campus must have a significant student population that are economically disadvantaged (students who qualify for free or reduced meals). Arlington ISD currently has 47 schools that are served as Title I Schoolwide Campuses.
Each of these schools is given an allocation of Title I funds, through a specified formula.
The school must spend those funds on strategies that will directly affect student instruction such as:
- Instructional programs
- Supplemental teachers
- Professional development for teachers
- Family engagement activities
All strategies paid for with Title I funds must be determined by the campus's Site-Based Decision Making Committee (which must include at least two parents). Needs are prioritized in the campus Comprehensive Needs Assessment and strategies are developed and included in the Campus Improvement Plan.
Students benefiting from Title 1 funds include:
- Migrant students
- Students with limited English proficiency
- Homeless students
- Students with disabilities
- At-risk students
- Any student in academic need
Under Title I, Part A, school districts are required to provide services for eligible private school students, as well as eligible public school students. No Child Left Behind law requires a participating school district to provide eligible children attending private nonprofit elementary and secondary schools, their teachers, and their families with Title I services that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school children, their teachers, and their families.
Title I services for private school students must be developed in consultation with officials from the private nonprofit schools. The school district has the responsibility of making final decisions and developing plans regarding services to support eligible private school students, their teachers, and their families.