Title I - Overview

The purpose of Title I is to enable schools to provide opportunities for children served to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the challenging state content standards and to meet the challenging state performance standards developed for all children.

This purpose is accomplished by such efforts as

  • providing an enriched and accelerated educational program;
  • promoting schoolwide reform through schoolwide programs or through additional services that increase the amount and quality of instructional time;
  • significantly upgrading the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development; and
  • affording parents meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children at home and at school.

Belton Preparatory Academy
Calhoun Falls Charter School
Clear Dot Charter School
Coastal Leadership Academy
Cyber Academy of SC
Horse Creek Academy
Lowcountry Leadership Charter School
Midlands STEM Institute
Odyssey Online Learning
Royal Live Oaks Academy
Summit Classical School
Thornwell Charter School
Virtus Academy of South Carolina

Title I of “Every Student Succeeds Act” provides federal assistance to school districts to help fund high quality, challenging instructional programs for children in schools that have highest concentrations of poverty. 

Title I is a federal program that provides opportunities for the children served to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet challenging state content standards. Resources are distributed to schools where needs are the greatest, in amounts sufficient to make a difference in the improvement of instruction. Title I coordinates services with other educational services, and to the extent feasible, with health and social services programs. Title I provides greater decision making authority and flexibility within the schools and for teachers. However, greater responsibility for student performance in the exchange made for this flexibility. 

Title I schools within the Institute are selected based on information obtained from the 5th Day Attendance Count, and the percentage of students who are on free and reduced lunch. A poverty index for the district is determined and the schools are ranked from highest to lowest poverty.

A school qualifies for a Title I School-wide program based on its poverty percentage. School-wide programs may use funds or services in combination with other Federal and State funds it receives, to upgrade the entire educational program within the school. School-wide programs are eligible to use funds to support systemic reform and instructional improvement. All students attending school at a School-wide Title I site may use materials and/or be serviced by personnel funded through Title I.

Targeted Assistance: Currently, the Institute only has School-wide Title I programs and does not have any Target Assistance Title I programs. Targeted Assistance schools must implement a scientifically-based instructional program to assist the identified students. 

The amount of funds allocated to each Title I school is based on a per poverty student enrollment allocation. The district Title I allocation is, in turn, allocated to schools based on the number of poverty students in each Title I school as determined by the free/reduced lunch report. Allocation may change from year to year, depending on a change in the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch within each school and/or a change in the Institute’s allocation. 

A school-level planning team must be assembled in each Title I school to give input on the use of all Title I expenditures. The required planning team representatives must include, but are not limited to:

  • 1-principal
  • 2-teachers
  • 2-additional staff members
  • 2-parents
  • 1-student services worker
  • 1-district administrator
  • 1-technical assistance provider
  • 2-community members
  • and, if the school is a high school, 1-student

The planning team should meet regularly throughout the year to discuss the implementation of the current plan and to decide on changes or additions to the plan for the next school year. The planning team should be given an agenda and sign-in attendance sheet for documentation purposes. The Title I committee chairperson will need to take notes in order to keep track of adjustments that need to be made to the plan. 

The law requires that in each Title I school, a comprehensive needs assessment should be conducted in order to identify the needs of the students. The plan developed at each school must reflect needs identified by the needs assessment and programs designed to meet these needs. The needs assessment should discuss discrepancies between what exists and what students need in order to achieve and provide a reason for areas where the greatest need exists. The needs assessment is based on test data and additional data received from attendance reports, teacher surveys, parent surveys, etc. A needs assessment will not only identify areas that need to be addressed by the Title I plan, but will act as a basis for building a priorities list on which subsequent plans can be based. 

Once the areas of greatest need have been determined, research-based strategies must be selected to address them. The South Carolina Curriculum Standards should be used as a basis for deciding which instructional strategies should be selected. Only the best and most effective research-based instruction should be included to address the needs of the students within the Title I school. 

Parent involvement is a critical portion of the Title I plan. Every Title I school is expected to include a certain percentage of the total allocation toward improving Parent and Family Engagement within the school. Each school must also develop a Parent and Family Engagement policy, outlining expectations and opportunities for including parents in the education of their children. Parents must be included on the planning committee and should be notified of all activities implemented through Title I. Parents must also be offered the opportunity to give feedback on the plan. 

As a parent of a student enrolled at a Title I school, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and instructional assistants who work with your child.  Federal law allows you to ask for the following information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires the District to give you this information in a timely manner:

1) whether the teacher is certified to teach the subjects and/or grade levels the teacher is teaching, 

2) whether the teacher’s certificate is a waiver or substandard certificate 

3) the teacher’s academic major, graduate degrees, if any, and 

4) the teacher’s certification area. 

If you would like to obtain this information about your child’s teacher, please visit: SCDE Educator Qualification Search or call the Office of Federal Programs at 803-849-2461.

Parent and Family Engagement is an integral part of the Title I program.  Parents are encouraged to become partners in helping their children achieve and become actively involved in all aspects of the process of the Title I program, from the writing of the plan to its implementation and evaluation.

A strong connection between the home and school is a key element in student success. Materials, strategies, and help from teachers are available to all parents within a Title I school.  Opportunities for active parent participation should include, but not be limited to open house, parent and family engagement workshops, school-parent compacts, home visitation, parent-teacher organizations, conferences, monthly newsletters, and more.

The Title I legislation requires schools to utilize a portion of their Title I funds to support parent and family engagement.  Parents should contact the school principal with any comments or suggestions regarding the school’s Parent and Family Engagement expenditures.

Each Title I school is required to ask for input from parents regarding the development of a Parent Involvement policy and a school-parent compact.

The Parent and Family Engagement policy explains how the school plans to work with parents to review and improve parent and family engagement programs and describes how parents can participate in planning these programs.

The school-parent compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the way in which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards.

The Parent and Family Engagement Policies for all Title I schools and the Institute are reviewed annually. If you have comments or suggestions in regards to your school’ s policy, please contact a member of your school’s leadership team. If you have comments or suggestions in regards to your school’s policy, please contact the Office of Federal Programs at (803) 849-2461.

PLEASE COMPLETE THE LINKED SURVEY TO HELP DETERMINE HOW TITLE I FUNDS WILL BE SPENT BY THE INSTITUTE.

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding Title I Plans within the Institute, please contact the Office of Federal Programs at (803) 849-2461. The Institute will submit any parent comments or suggestions with the plan when it is submitted to the South Carolina State Department of Education.