Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.
Title I schools receive additional funding that can be used for a wide variety of resources, including:
- Professional Development for Educators
- Parent and Family Engagement Activities
- Classroom Materials
Title I Parent Right to Know Policy
The Title I Parents Right to Know policy requires the following notifications to parents:
(A) IN GENERAL.--At the beginning of each school year, a local education agency that receives funds under this part shall notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving funds under this part that the parents may request, and the agency will provide the parents upon request (and in a timely manner), information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers, including at a minimum, the following:
(i) Whether the student's teacher --
(I) has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction:
(II) is teaching under emergency or another provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived: and
(III) is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.
(ii) Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
(B) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.--In addition to the information that parents may request under subparagraph (A), a school that receives funds under this part shall provide to each individual parent of a child who is a student in such school, with respect to such student --
(i) information on the level of achievement and academic growth of the student, if applicable and available, on each of the State academic assessments required under this part; and
(ii) timely notice that the student has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.