What is Title I?
Title I is the United States Federal Government largest education program to support public schools. Funded through the Elementary & Secondary Act (ESEA), Title I is designed to support all students in meeting the State Standards.
The goal is to emphasize high academic standards in an effort to help students succeed academically and reach grade level performance expectations. See a presentation about Title I here.
What are some typical Title I services?
At White Bear Lake Area Schools (WBLAS), we offer Title I programs to meet the needs of students at individual schools. in all of our buildings, this means a ‘targeted' program where selected students receive additional academic instruction or other types of assistance to support them in school. Typically services focus on providing additional help in reading and/or math instruction.
What are other uses of Title I funds?
White Bear Lake Area Schools allocates Title I funds to provide training to administrators, teachers and assistants and support district wide family engagement activities. Title I funds at WBLAS also help special population of students:
Do all WBLAS schools have a Title I program?
No. The Federal law requires that Title I programs are available in schools with the greatest concentration of low-income families. Once a school qualifies, academic need – not economic status – determines the school programming and whether students receive extra instruction. Contact your child's school for more information about its Title I program and ask when the school's annual Title I meeting for families will be held.
Who are Title I students?
Typically students identified as needing Title I services are those who are having academic difficulties or other concerns that are affecting their academic achievement in school. Usually students' needs are identified by their classroom teachers based on their test scores and other measures of academic performance. Those who show the greatest educational need and are not already receiving special education services or ADSIS services are served first.
How does WBLAS integrate services?
White Bear Lake does not have migrant or neglected/delinquent students at this time. The district has seen an upward trend in students who qualify for ESL services.
EL students at each of the four Title I schools may also receive additional service through Title I. The school district also has three liaisons (Hmong, African-American, and Hispanic), who help whenever necessary. Two of the liaisons translate materials and communicate with families who speak languages other than English. Students with disabilities who are struggling but do not qualify for Special Education or EL services in a particular core academic area, may also receive Title I assistance based on their assessment results.
Title I Schools
White Bear Lake Area Title I Schools are Targeted Assistance Program (TAP) that serve all qualifying students attending:
The District's Title I schools serve all identified students throughout the school day using a Response to Intervention(RtI) model and they are provided support services in addition to their regular reading and math blocks of instruction. These services can include individual or small groups with a Title I intervention teacher to increase reading and math outcomes.
Students are identified for instructional support based on academic need.
**For information about implementing The Every Student Succeeds Act and to find out what stays, what goes away and what is new in 2017-2018 under the transition, click here.
Who can I contact for more information about Title I?
See Title I contacts here.