What is Title Ia?

Title Ia of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to state and local educational agencies to meet the needs of at-risk children. The goal of Title Ia is to provide instructional services and activities which support students in meeting the state’s challenging performance standards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which schools does Title Ia serve?

The program serves children in elementary and secondary schools who have demonstrated that extra assistance is needed. Title Ia also serves children who attend parochial and private schools. State Educational Agencies send this money to school districts. How much money each school receives is determined by the number of low-income students attending that school.
The federal government provides funding to each state.

What will Title I do for my child?

The Title Ia program will provide your child with extra educational assistance beyond the regular classroom.

How does our school receive Title Ia money?

Title Ia schools:
• Identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based
on the criteria that school has chosen. Students do NOT have to be from low- income
families to receive Title Ia services.
• Set goals for improving the skills of striving students at their school.
• Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title Ia program for each
• Develop programs for each individual student in order to support/supplement regular
classroom instruction.

What makes this assistance powerful?

Title Ia programs generally offer:
• smaller classes or special instructional spaces
• additional teachers and aides
• extra time for teaching Title Ia students the skills they need
• a variety of supplementary teaching methods
• additional teaching materials which supplement their regular instruction

What else should I know as a parent/guardian?

You can influence the success of your child in school more than any teacher or federal program. By becoming an active participant in the Title Ia parent involvement plan at your school, you will:
• Serve as a role model, showing your child that you support his/her education.
• Assure that you are aware of your child’s educational progress, thereby demonstrating
how important that progress is to you.
• Teach your child that your input at the school is appreciated and that you support its

Research shows that how well a child does in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. You can become more involved by:
• joining local and national school/parent organizations
• supporting school extra-curricular activities
• volunteering at the school
• attending parent-teacher conferences
• communicating with your child’s teacher regularly, by writing notes, phoning the school, etc.
• keeping your child’s teacher informed about events in your child’s life which may affect
his/her performance at school
• discussing with your child’s teacher and parent organizations other ideas for parent