Title I is a federally funded program under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 to help students, particularly low-achieving students, meet the state's challenging academic content and performance standards. The Title I program offers a variety of services which may include: additional teachers and support staff, extra time for instruction, a variety of teaching methods and materials, smaller classes, and additional training for staff.
Schools qualify for funds based on economic need. Bleckley Primary, Bleckley Elementary, and Bleckley Middle School are Title I school-wide schools.
Requirements of a School-Wide Title I School are as follows:
· Comprehensive needs assessment: The school must identify areas of greatest need.
· School-wide reform strategies to include those that:
· Strengthen the core academic program.
· Increase the amount and quality of learning time.
· Strategies for meeting needs of underserved populations.
· Address needs of all, but particularly low-achieving.
· Instruction by “highly qualified” teachers
· Professional learning for teachers
· Parent Involvement Strategies
Parents Have the Right….
· to know the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher(s) including the degrees and certifications held, and whether the teacher is certified in their respective area of instruction.
· to know the school improvement status of the school.
· to know the level of achievement of their child in each area of the state assessment.
· to know if their child has been assigned, or has been taught for at least four consecutive weeks, by a teacher who does not meet the highly qualified definition.
· to be involved in the planning and implementation of the parent involvement program in their school.
New Designations for Georgia Schools
The Georgia Department of Education is giving public schools new designations as part of its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind accountability mandates. “Needs improvement” and “Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP” are a thing of the past. In their place will be:
* Reward Schools-Title I Schools-Highest Performing percent of Title I Schools and Highest Progress Schools 10 percent of Title I Schools
* Priority Schools-Title I Students Eligibility— 5 percent of Title I Schools –Lowest Achieving Schools
Priority Schools will be identified every three years and the identified school will be served for 3 years through Flexible Learning Program (FLP) or Increased Learning time (ILT) support interventions.
* Focus Schools-Title I Student Eligibility- 10 percent of Title I Schools
Focus Schools will be identified every three years and the identified school will be served for 3 years through Flexible Learning Program (FLP) support interventions.
* Title I Alert Schools Based on 9 ESEA Subgroups-(does not include Priority Schools or Focus Schools)
Bleckley County has no schools on any of the above identified lists.
Bleckley Elementary School has been identified as one of the Highest performing Title I Schools in Georgia.