Title I serves schools with two program models: school-wide and targeted assistance.
A school-wide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school; its primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on state academic achievement standards. This school-wide reform strategy requires that a school do the following:
Adopting this strategy should result in an ongoing, comprehensive plan that is unique to the entire school community. The emphasis in school-wide program schools is on serving all students, improving all structures that support student learning, and combining all resources, as allowed, to achieve a common goal.
School-wide programs maximize the impact of Title I.
The following are actions evidenced in school-wide programs:
A targeted assistance program signifies that the services are provided to a select group of children–those identified as failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the State’s challenging content and student performance standards–rather than for overall school improvement, as in schoolwide programs. Like schoolwide program schools, the goal of a targeted assistance school is to improve teaching and learning to enable Title I, Part A participants to meet the challenging State performance standards that all children are expected to master.
The following are actions evidenced in targeted assistance programs:
If your child attends a Cocke County school, he or she is enrolled in a Title I school-wide program. In this type of program, all students in the school are supported in some way by Title I funding. Title I funds are spent on personnel, instructional materials and supplies, instructional technology, and parent activities. Committees of school personnel and parents, as well as input from annual surveys, decide how Title I funding can best meet the needs of all students. Parents are an important part of the Title I planning team; your involvement is encouraged and welcomed.