Title One and Federal Programs
PROUD TO BE A TITLE-I DISTRICT
OFFERING SCHOOLWIDE PROGRAMS ON EVERY CAMPUS
ESSA Title-I A
Title I-A is a federal program that provides funds to school districts and schools with high percentages of low income families. Title I-A eligibility is determined by the percent of students that qualify for free/reduced lunch. Title I-A funds are used for extra educational services for students most in need of educational support. Title I-A funds are available for teachers, materials, and support services for schools that qualify under ESSA guidelines. The focus of the Title I-A program is on helping all students meet the same high standards expected of all children. The school wide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title-1 school.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). ESSA reflects the civil rights tradition of ESEA, which reflects our nation’s longstanding commitment to equity of opportunity for all students. The new law has a clear goal of ensuring that our education system prepares every child to graduate from high school ready to thrive in college and careers. The ESEA includes a number of provisions that promote equitable access to educational opportunity, including holding all students to high academic standards, ensuring meaningful action is taken to improve the lowest-performing schools and schools with under performing student groups and providing more children with access to high-quality preschool.
The federal program is authorized under subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is intended to help meet these goals by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools and local communities to:
- Provide students with access to a well-rounded education,
- Improve safe and healthy school conditions for student learning, and
- Improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. (ESEA section 4101).
Students attending Rhode Island schools:
- That are among those with the greatest needs as determined by the LEA, (for private schools, this includes students identified as your students who are in the bottom quartile of achievement in ELA, reading, and math; minority students; and to increase student achievement consistent with standards used in your setting)
- That have the highest numbers of students from low-income families,
- That are identified for comprehensive support and improvements plans (includes “1” star schools – not applicable to private schools), or
- That are identified as persistently dangerous public schools.
Target schools must be listed on the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) available at https://nces.ed.gov/.
Through Title IV, Part A funding, applicants will provide activities to students that address these three areas:
- Well-rounded education
- Safe and healthy school conditions for student learning
- The effective use of technology and digital literacy of all students