What is Title I?
Title I has been the largest federally funded program in education. It was signed into
law in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson. The Elementary and Secondary Education
Act (ESEA) or Title I was designed to help students having difficulties with reading by
providing funds for extra attention, as well as materials and teachers. Since it began,
the program has gone through numerous name changes but it continues to provide
instructional help for those students needing it the most. Funding is directed to schools
based upon their poverty levels.
Title I’s Role at Avella Elementary Center
The Title I program at Avella supports the regular classroom curriculum. Small groups of
students in kindergarten through sixth grade work with Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Conn daily.
The students in the Title 1 program receive instruction that is targeted to their area(s) of
Which students are eligible for the Title I Program?
To be eligible for Title I services, students are identified in several ways. Their
classroom performance is evaluated, as well as their grades/progress in Reading. Their
DIBELS reading assessment scores are taken into account, as well as standardized test
scores in reading. Teacher and parent input is also taken into consideration. If your
child is eligible for Title I services, you will receive a letter and permission slip before
they can begin the program.