TITLE I SERVICES

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40 Pierce Drive, Suite #3, Augusta, ME  04330
Telephone: (207) 626-2468  Extension: 3209
Fax: (207) 626-2444
Director: Theresa Violette
E-mailtheresa.violette@augustaschools.org

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Program Overview

Title I is a federally funded program targeted to assist students in achieving higher academic standards.  In 2016 Title I was reauthorized through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) legislation.

Title I is a supplemental service and is not intended to replace classroom instruction. Our literacy specialists and educational technicians work closely with classroom teachers to ensure the success of our students; a team approach provides the greatest gains.  The classroom teacher is providing the primary instruction to all children in the classroom, and Title 1 is giving additional small group literacy and math instruction.

Title I mandates parental involvement in its programs.  The emphasis on parental involvement is justified by research showing that the support of parents at home can have a positive impact on student achievement, attendance, classroom behavior, as well as a positive effect on parents themselves by giving them the tools to help their children at home.

Title I services are focused on the lowest 20% of the school population in literacy.  Supplemental math support is also provided to eligible students.  Students who can most benefit from our services will be selected.  Title I uses many approved screening procedures which include: teacher observation, classroom interventions, a kindergarten letter identification screening, and the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System.  Parents will be encouraged to be part of this process every step of the way, and will be given strategies to help their child at home. This information will be made available through the Title I newsletter, parent-teacher conferences, and numerous TitIe 1 parent workshops offered throughout the year.  We hope that by establishing a partnership between home and school we can help all students become learners for life.

Title I “HOME/SCHOOL COMPACT”

** This compact supports the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Home-School Compact Brochure

Title I Eligibility Criteria

It has been determined that citywide standards are the most equitable method for determining placement in Title I programs.  Research indicates that reading intervention has the greatest impact on 6-year-old students.  Based on this data, Title I will schedule the majority of its services to kindergarten through grade 3.

Title I personnel will serve a minimum of the lowest 20% of the population at a school in grades K, 1, 2, & 3.   Students above this 20% who meet eligibility criteria will be served as staffing allows at each school. Plus, 10% of students  4th through 6th grade will be served district-wide.

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POLICY - Title I Services

Family Involvement Brochure

The school district will distribute this policy/brochure to all parents whose children participate in Title I Part A.

It is the policy of the Augusta School Department to provide remedial services in reading and math using Title I funding to identified students.  Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act is a federal program designed to provide supplemental remedial services to students identified through an approved screening process.  Title I services are intended to reinforce and not replace classroom instruction.
School personnel will inform parents if their child is recommended for Title I services.  Parents will receive: a letter stating that their child qualifies for the Title I program, the Title I Parent Involvement Policy and the Home/School Compact.  Parental permission is not required for testing because testing is administered district wide to all students.


Parents have the right to decline Title I services for their child. Also, if a child no longer qualifies for services based on the approved screening process, the parent will be informed that services will end.

Parents have the opportunity to attend two regularly scheduled parent/teacher conferences during the schoolyear.  Additonal conferences or phone conferences can be scheduled upon parent request.


DISTRICT LEVEL PARENT INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM

The Augusta School District will involve parents in the joint development of a District Wide parent involvement plan to help students meet challenging academic standards as cited under section 1112 of the elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Additionally, staff will be involved in the process of school review and improvement by:

A.  Establishing a District-level Parent Advisory Committee with parent representatives from each building.
B.  Developing a district wide newsletter to communicate to parents the district’s Title I plan and to seek their input and participation.
C.  Establishing effective and ongoing three-way communications among the district, staff, and parents.
D.  Providing a calendar for Title I meetings and events and encourage parent participation.

The Augusta School District under Title I, Part A, provides the coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary for schools to plan and implement effective parental involvement activities designed to improve student academic achievement and school performance by:

A.  Holding training sessions for families so that they may be more effective liaisons between home and school.
B.  Seeking input from parents in developing workshops that will help them become more effective partners with the schools in encouraging academic achievement, i.e. assessment, school curriculum and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet at the local and state level.
C.  Providing information to parents about the assessment system used to monitor student progress.
D.  Providing opportunities for parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilites, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and in a language patents understand.

The Augusta School District builds the capacity of schools and parents for strong parental involvement by:

A.  Encouraging parents to participate in their child’s Title I program.
B.  Providing support to parents, so they may help their child improve their academic performance.
C.  Coordinating outreach efforts with community based programs such as Head Start and Literacy Volunteers.
D.  Providing Title I funds, as deemed necessary, to pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parent involvement activities, including childcare costs and transportation to enable parents to particiapte in school-related meetings and training sessions as cited in section 1118 of the ESEA.

In the spring of each year, the Director of Title I with the assistance of the Parent Advisory Committee will conduct an annual survey of the effectiveness of the Title I program as cited in section 1116 of the ESEA. The goal is to improve the academic quality of the schools served under Title I. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to participation by parents in Title I activities. The findings of this evaluation will be used to make parent involvement more effective.

BUILDING LEVEL PROGRAM

 The school shall convene one parent meeting annually that parents will be encouraged to attend.
 This meeting shall be used to provide parents with:

A.  An overview of parental rights.
B.  Information on curriculum, instruction and assessment.

The Title I /designee, Theresa Violette, Director of Title 1 will ensure the following:

A.  Title I policy/brochure is distributed.
B.  Organize, oversee, implement meetings/events with Title I families.
C.  Provide support as needed to Title I staff.

The district Wide Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A Programs. This policy was adopted by the Augusta School Department on May 2015.

City of Augusta
Department of Public Schools
Approved:  2/11/15