Title IA: Improving Basic Programs
Title I, Part A, Improving Basic Programs Title I is a federally funded grant program that provides supplemental resources to the district to provide additional support for schools that serve children in our highest-poverty /highest-mobility schools. Research has shown that these risk factors make learning more difficult. Student need is recognized by the percentage of students in a school who qualify for free or reduce priced meals.
The services and programs these funds support help ensure that all children, particularly low-achieving children, have an equal educational opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and State academic assessments. Title I programs often include:
- Smaller class sizes for interventions in reading and math
- Reading Specialists and additional teaching assistants
- Additional training or coaching for staff in reading, writing or math instruction
Schools identified as “Title I School-wide Programs” are:
- East Gresham Elementary School
- Hall Elementary School
- Hogan Cedars Elementary School
- Hollydale Elementary School
- Highland Elementary School
- North Gresham Elementary School
Upon the request of a parent, a school receiving Title I federal funds must disclose, in a timely manner:
- Whether the teacher has met state licensure requirements for the grade level and/or subject area in which they are currently teaching.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status through which state licensing criteria have been waived.
- Whether the child is provided services by an instructional assistant (paraprofessional), and if so, their qualifications.
In addition to notification of their right to request information on the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher, schools must also provide timely notice to parents if a child is assigned to, or has been taught for more than four consecutive weeks by a teacher that is not highly qualified under the definition of federal law.
Parent Involvement is a critical piece in developing Title I plans that best meet the needs of all the students in a school. Gresham-Barlow parents are encouraged to participate in the schools' parent-teacher organizations. Parents of students in Title I schools and parents of participating Migrant students have a right to review and give input on the development of the Gresham-Barlow School District Title I Parent Involvement Policy.