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About Title I
How is a student helped?
The Title I teacher and classroom teachers plan regularly for what each Title I student needs to do to be successful with their regular classroom work. They work together to enable Title I students to meet individual and district overall reading/math goals and objectives. Following are some of the instructional methods that they may use.
Students practice reading accurately and smoothly (fluency).
Students practice basic facts.
Students practice skills on daily work.
Students practice problem solving skills.
How is a student selected for help?
Selection is based on the recommendation by classroom teachers, standardized testing, daily performance, and unit reading tests / chapter math tests. Three times per year (October, January, and April/May) classroom teachers fill out a classroom evaluation. Qualifying students are recommended for Title I service. The following standardized tests are used to evaluate the students' needs:
Kindergarten and first grade take America Guidance Service GRADE (Reading) and G-MADE (Math) assessment - Fall and Spring.
Grade two takes the NWEA Reading and Math assessment - Fall and Spring.
Grades three, four, five take NWEA - Fall and Spring and the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment(MCA) - Spring.
Also McGraw-Hill Fluency Assessment - grade one - Winter and Spring and grades two, three, four, and five - Fall, Winter, and Spring.
How do parents know when their child is receiving Title I help?
When it is recommended that a student receive Title I assistance, a parent permission letter is sent out to the parents via mail. This letter need only be returned if the parent declines services. If the student is new to Title I, the classroom teacher will call the parents. At fall conferences, parents and teachers of Title I students discuss and sign a Title I School/Parent Compact.
How long is a student served?
Students are evaluated three times per year (October, January, April/May). If the student's daily performance is consistently on/near grade level, or sufficient progress has been made on standardized tests, the student would no longer receive Title I services.
HOW CAN PARENTS HELP?
Research show that when parents are regularly involved in the education of their children, the children demonstrate a higher degree of success in school.