Title I is the largest source of federal education funding, providing over $14 billion to schools with high numbers or percentages of children living in poverty. Schools may operate a targeted program, in which services are provided to children who are failing or at risk of failing. Schools operating a schoolwide program may provide services to all students.
Distribution: Funds are distributed through state departments of education according to how many students are living in poverty. Schools with 15% or more of children in poverty may be selected as Title I schools. Those with 40% or more can operate schoolwide programs. Those with 75% or more must receive Title I funds.
How the funds can be used: Schools must use the funds to help students meet state academic standards in reading and math by supplementing the existing program. Among other expenses, schools may provide extra teachers, intervention programs, supplemental materials, technology, and professional development. Some schools not making adequate yearly progress may be required to set aside funding for after-school tutoring or student transportation to another school.
In what ways will students demonstrate mastery of the concepts, skills and processes independently? A successful five-point method used in Singapore may help answer this question.
The Important Role of Data in Closing the Achievement Gap
A vital supplement in closing the "achievement gap" is the proper use of data.