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Title I

What is Title I?

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was reauthorized in 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Title I, Part A is under the umbrella of NCLB and is the largest single program of federal aid for elementary and secondary education and allocates funds to more than 90 percent of the nation’s school districts.  

The purpose of Title I, Part A is to provide a fair and equitable education and assist academically at-risk students so they can achieve proficiency levels on challenging State academic standards.

How do schools receive Title I funds?

The federal government provides funds to the state.  The state provides funds to each qualifying district.  Individual schools receive Title I funds based census data and the percentage of families qualifying for free/reduced textbooks and meals.   

Which Southern Hancock schools receive Title I funds?

Currently, Brandywine Elementary and Sugar Creek Elementary receive Title I funding.   Both schools offer Title I services for language arts and mathematics in grades K-3.

How are children selected for Title I?

Title I student selection is based on academic need, NOT financial need.  Throughout the school year, student standardized academic assessment data is collected, ranked and sorted.  Report card grades are not used for student selection.  Students in grades K-3 with the greatest academic need in the areas of language arts and mathematics are selected to participate in the Title I program.  

Title I program in Southern Hancock County?

Once students are selected for Title I, certified staff members place students in small groups (3-6 students) and prescribe an academic intervention plan.  Certified teachers and/or paraprofessionals work with small groups of students, focusing on the prescribed plans.  Students are monitored throughout the process and instructional changes are made accordingly.   Title I intervention groups take place at school, during the regular school day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:   How often does my child participate in the Title I small group?
A:   20-30 minutes daily for each academic area (language arts or math)

Q:   Will my child miss out on new instruction while he/she is in a Title Intervention group?
A:   No.  Teachers are working with intervention groups and cannot offer new instruction during this time period.

Q:   Will my child always be selected for Title I services?
A:   Selection is based on standardized assessment data. Students can be released from the program when assessment and monitoring data indicate such a need.

Q:   Does the school receive more money for each selected student?
A:   No.  Schools receive the grant money before students are selected, then schools then create their Title I plan, based on funding.

Q:   My child is new to BWE or SCE and was in the Title I program in another school system; will he/she be selected for Title I at BWE or SCE?
A: Not always.  Student selection is based on student data ranks and sorting.  

Q: Whom should I contact if I have questions about my child’s participation in the Title I program or academic progress?
A:   Your child’s teacher should be your first contact.  If there are additional questions, contact one of the following:

Teresa LeBeau, 
Title I Instructional Coach: tlebeau@newpal.k12.in.us

Mark Kern,
BWE Principal:
mkern@newpal.k12.in.us

Kari Shelton,
SCE Principal:
kshelton@newpal.k12.in.us

Dr. Rhonda Peterson,
Curriculum Director:
rpeterson@newpal.k12.in.us