about 1 year ago
Title I is a federal program that was established to narrow the gap in academic achievement between low-income students and their peers by providing supplemental funding to school districts. Title I is included as part of the larger No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The Talladega County School district uses Title I funding for a variety of purposes at 14 of the district's schools. Teachers providing supplemental instruction are employed for each of the district's Title I schools. Supplemental instructional materials and educational technology are purchased as well. In the coming months, changes will be implemented as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is instituted across the nation.
Fourteen schools in the district receive Title I assistance. These schools are classified as school-wide schools. In a school-wide school, all students enrolled at the school may receive benefits from Title I services. The Talladega County School district maintains a Title I Plan for the district.
As a requirement for receiving Title I funds, each school must develop a Continuous Improvement Plan. This is a detailed plan of how the faculty, administration, parents and students will utilize the Title I funds to improve the academic achievement of the school. The plan is based upon a comprehensive needs assessment at each school. This allows the school's Continuous Improvement Team to address the most critical needs at the school. The local school budget for Title I funds is developed by the team at the school to meet accountability standards and improve student achievement. This is known as school-wide authority. The CIP for each school can be found at the school or at the Talladega County Schools' central office. For additional information about the Title I program at your child's school, you may contact the principal.
Title I schools are also required to take measures to improve parental involvement in the educational process. Studies have shown what all good teachers know- having a parent take an active part in a child's education yields improvement in the academic achievement of the student. A portion of the Title I funding awarded to the district is set aside for use in supporting activities to improve parental involvement.
As a parent of a child attending a Title I school, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the teacher who instructs your child. The NCLB Act of 2001 allows you to ask for certain information about your child's classroom teacher. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child's classroom teachers:
- Whether the Alabama State Department of Education has licenses or qualified the teacher for the grades an subjects he or she teaches
- Whether the Alabama State Department of Education has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances
- The teachers's college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees
- Whether any teacher aide or similar paraprofessional provides services to your child and if they do, their qualifications.
More information on Parent's Right to Know can be found here.
All Title I schools are required to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) or corrective actions must be undertaken. For the 2015-16 school year, only Talladega County Central High School was identified for school improvement.
If you have questions or would like additional information regarding the Title I programs in Talladega County Schools, you may email Dr. Brooke Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
about 1 year ago
Title II contains funding for teacher and principal training and recruitment efforts at the state and local level, as well as teacher training at institutions of higher education. Title II monies are designed to rectify the problems of large numbers of students being taught by teachers with inadequate content knowledge and preparation in the subjects they are teaching.
Title II replaces the Eisenhower Professional Development Program. Title II also replaces the Class Size Reduction Program (CSR) aimed at class size reduction, teacher and principal training and recruitment. While certain elements of these two programs are still in the new Title II, the current Title is much broader and is tied to the teacher quality mandates of NCLB.
The Talladega County School District uses its Title II funding to pay for 6.41 teachers as Class Size Reduction units. For the 2016-2017 school year, these teachers are employed at Talladega County Central High and Winterboro High School.
about 1 year ago
Talladega County Schools do not receive Title III funding to aid in English Language acquisition. While we do not receive this federal funding, Talladega County Schools continue to provide English language instruction to students for which English is not their first language.
The district has an English Learner Plan in place. Each school that has English learners enrolled provides supplemental activities to aid in the language acquisition of the student.
Questions regarding the English Learner program may be directed the Federal Programs Coordinator, email@example.com.
about 1 year ago
The Rural and Low-Income School Program is designed to provide additional funds to rural school districts that serve concentrations of poor students.