Under ESEA Section 1113c, the Title I Program delivers two service models, Targeted Assistance and Schoolwide. Typically, a school that is new to the Title I Program delivers services through Targeted Assistance for the first year. Schools that have been in the Title I Program for at least one year and have completed a comprehensive needs assessment are eligible to become Schoolwide.
· Purpose: Targeted Assistance is designed to provide supplemental assistance to students who are identified as “failing or at most risk of failing, to meet the state’s academic achievement standards.”
Implementation: Title I funds can only be used to support students who are identified as being in greatest need of academic assistance based upon the school’s Title I, Part A student selection criteria
· Purpose: A Title I, Part A schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I, Part A school. The primary goal of the schoolwide program model is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on State academic achievement standards. A Title I Schoolwide Program plan includes ten (10) required components. (ESEA Sec.1114(b)(1)(A-J)) (34 CFR 200.25) The required components are addressed through three (3) core elements of a schoolwide program:
A school operating a schoolwide program must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment that identifies the school’s strengths and challenges in key areas of student achievement.
o Component 1: Comprehensive Needs Assessment
The school must develop a comprehensive plan that includes reform strategies that describe how it will achieve the goals that have been identified from the results of a needs assessment.
o Component 2: Schoolwide Reform Strategies
o Component 3: Instruction by Highly Qualified Staff
o Component 4: Professional Development
o Component 5: Attract and Retain High-Quality, Highly Qualified Teachers
o Component 6: Strategies to Increase Parent/Family Involvement
o Component 7: Transition Plans for Preschools and Between Grade Levels
o Component 8: Teachers included in Assessment Decisions
o Component 9: Provide Assistance to Students Experiencing Difficulty
o Component 10: Coordination and Integration of Federal, State and Local Services
Currently all HCS Title I schools operate under a schoolwide program.