Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation’s schools. It is now one part of the Every Student Succeeds legislation. The goal of Title I is a high quality education for every child, so the program provides extra help to students who need it the most. These are children who are the farthest from meeting the standards the state has set for all children.
The federal government provides funds to states for Title I. To get the funds, each state must submit a plan describing what all children are expected to know (standards), performance standards that all children are expected to meet (proficiency scores) and ways they measure academic progress (state assessments). Then the states send the money to school districts based on the number of low-income families. Districts must submit an application that identifies eligible schools based on the percentage of children from low-income families. Each Title I school within a district must identify students who are most in need of educational help, set goals for improvement, measure student progress, and develop plans that add to regular classroom instruction.