Title 1 2020-2021
What is Title I?
Title I is a federal program that provides funds to school districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children who are disadvantaged to support a variety of services. Its overall purpose is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments. The grant contains provisions for ensuring that children who are disadvantaged enrolled in private schools also benefit from the academic enrichment services funded with Title I, Part A funds.
Please visit the New Jersey Department of Education website for further information regarding the Office of Title I.
What is the Every Student Succeeds Act?
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) seeks to provide every student with a high quality education. It states that students are to be challenged to meet high standards, taught by highly qualified teachers using proven teaching methods and be able to learn in a safe, drug-free environment and creates a system of reports, assessments and sanctions in order to help districts meet those goals. Schools that receive Title I funding are subject to certain rules, regulations and accountability under ESSA.
For more information, visit: ESSA Website
What is a Title 1 School?
A "Title I School'' is a school that is eligible to receive Title I funding. For an entire school to qualify for Title I funds, at least 40% of students must enroll in the free and reduced lunch program. Title I funds can be used to improve curriculum and programs, to increase staff, or for instructional activities, counseling and parental involvement.
For more information, visit: NJ Title I Program
The teachers, administrators, and other school staff at Title I schools work to:
- Identify students most in need of educational help
- Measure student progress using state and local assessments
- Set goals for improvement
- Implement research-based instructional programs that supplement regular classroom instruction
- Improve professional knowledge and skills through continuing education
- Hire additional teachers and support staff
- Involve parents in the various aspects of the the school's Title I program
For the 2019-20 school year, Ben Franklin Elementary School is once again proud to run a Title I Program.