Frequently Asked Questions: This page contains answers to common questions of students and parents.
- What is Title I?
- Who provides services?
- Who is eligible to receive Title I services?
- What is the criteria for receiving Tit;le One Services?
- Is Title One a special ed service?
- How are Title One services delivered?
- What is the DRA?
- How is a parent notified that his/her child is being serviced by Title I?
- How can I, as a parent, help to support my child to become a better reader?
What is Title I?
Title I is a federally-funded grant program that establishes a school-wide
early literacy program for students in grades K-4. The program evaluates and
tracks all students' reading and writing skills annually for at least three
years, includes measurable goals and benchmarks, and includes a home book
program or other program for parental involvement in reading and writing
Who provides services?
A Title I teacher, or reading specialist, provides services within classrooms
that require support, as determined by various informal assessment results of
students' reading and writing skills and documented data provided by a
school-based planning team.
Who is eligible to receive Title I services?
Within a school building that receives the grant funding, all students from
kindergarten to grade four are eligible for Title One services, if they meet
the criteria for services.
What is the criteria for receiving Tit;le One Services?
When a child shows ability and knows skills but doesn't use strategies, lacks
confidence, lacks readiness, lacks background knowledge, exhibits difficulty
in written expression, understands concepts with reinforcement, benefits from
"tutorial" setting over a short period of time, and exhibits maturational
delays, he/she is most likely referred for Title One services.
Is Title One a special ed service?
No, special ed and Title One are two separate programs.
How are Title One services delivered?
Title One services are usually delivered to students within the classroom,
although there may be some exceptions. Teachers often meet with students in
small groups or individually, based upon needs and goals. Sometimes the
reading specialist provides whole-class instruction in order to introduce or
reinforce a particular reading/writing skill.
What is the DRA?
The DRA, Developmental Reading Assessment, is an research-based, informal
reading assessment that provides collective data as educators evaluate a
student's reading abilities; specifically decoding, comprehension, and fluency
How is a parent notified that his/her child is being serviced by Title I?
The classroom teacher is the first person to inform the parent of the need for
services. Then a Title I permission slip and parent/Teacher Compact is sent
home for approval and signature. Services begin when a signed permission slip
is returned to the Title One teacher.
How can I, as a parent, help to support my child to become a better reader?
First, you can provide your son/daughter with a print-rich environment. In
other words, have a variety of reading materials, such as books, newspapers,
magazines, available in various rooms in the house.
Second, be a model and demonstrate the importance of reading by sitting down
and reading the newspaper or book with your son or daughter.
Third, share time together reading stories and talking about books. Make your
time together reading fun while also providing valuable language experiences
just be asking questions about the story, discussing vocabulary, making
predictions about what might happen next.