Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

 About Title I

Title I is a federally funded program which provides services to schools based on student economic need.  Schools are ranked according to percentage of students receiving free/reduced lunches and are funded in descending order until funds are depleted.  Chatham County’s 33 Title I schools are categorized as schoolwide and targeted assistance programs.  A Schoolwide program permits schools to use resources to upgrade the entire educational program of the school and to raise academic achievement for all the students.  A Targeted Assistance program permits schools to use funds to supplement educational services for eligible children who are failing or at risk of failing to meet State standards.

Every Title I school has a School Improvement and Accountability Plan that includes:

  • Comprehensive needs assessment – a school profile summary narrative

  • Schoolwide reform strategies – scientifically research based strategies that are aligned to the needs of the students

  • Instruction by highly qualified professional staff – strategies to retain and attract highly qualified staff to the school

  • Ongoing professional development – professional development for staff to help students meet proficiency in all academic content areas

  • Strategies to increase parental involvement – increasing the partnership between school, home, and the community

  • School transitioning – helping students and families transition between grade levels especially PreK to Kindergarten, 5th to 6th, 8th to 9th, and 12 to college and/or career.

  • Measures to include teachers in the use of assessment – using data to inform instruction

  • Coordination and integration of federal, state and local agencies – description of how Title I resources will be used to supplement local, State and other federal resources

  • Activities to ensure that students who experience academic difficulty are given additional, effective, and timely assistance – to help students achieve levels of mastery in the content areas

  • Description of how the students assessment results and its interpretation are provided to parents

  • How  the assessment results will be collected and disaggregated

  • Ensuring that the assessment results are valid and reliable

  • How the results are reported to the public

  • Planning the School Improvement and Accountability Plan on a continuous basis – for an entire year

  • Collaboratively developing the plan – with parents, teachers, administrators, and the community

  • The plan is available for all parents and community members

  • The plan is easy to read and is in a language that is understandable by all

  • The plan is subject to the school improvement provisions of Section 1116 – it meets the requirements of the ESEA flexibility waiver

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