Funding: Title I, Part A Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

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Success Highways has helped me change my attitude on how I think about school.”

- Roosevelt High School Student, San Antonio, TX

What are Title I, Part A grants?
The purpose of Title I, Part A Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments. Title I focuses on high-poverty, low achieving students. Title I requires that local school districts ensure that all Title I teachers in core academic subjects are “highly qualified” as
defined by each state.

How is Title I, Part A funding distributed?
Using US census data, Title I funding is distributed by the Department of Education to each state based on the number of children living in poverty. States distribute funding to districts based on their number of low-income children. The districts distribute the funds to schools on the same basis.

How can Title I, Part A funding be used?
Title I provides flexible funding that may be used for:

  • Additional instructional staff
  • Reading programs that are proven effective by scientifically based research
  •  Math programs that are proven effective by scientifically based research
  • Professional development
  • Extended-time programs
  • Other strategies for raising student achievement in high-poverty schools

More than 50,000 public schools across the country use Title I funds to provide additional academic support and
learning opportunities to help low-achieving children master challenging curricula and meet state standards in core
academic subjects. For example, funds support extra instruction in reading and mathematics, as well as special
preschool, after-school, and summer programs to extend and reinforce the regular school curriculum.

What ScholarCentric solutions can be part of a Title I, Part A grant?
ScholarCentric’s middle and high school materials, technology, and services align well with Title I, Part A funding in
the following categories: professional development to build teacher capacity, extended learning opportunities to
improve student achievement, and other tactics to improve student performance.

The Success Highways Resiliency Curriculum develops the critical resiliency skills that are scientifically linked to improved student engagement, achievement, and graduation rates. Using Success Highways early-warning assessments, educators can identify which students are at risk of academic failure and/or dropping out and why they struggle. With Success Highways Resiliency Curriculum, teachers can assure that all students gain or maintain the ability to succeed in school.

ScholarCentric’s professional development services are designed to facilitate the creation of a district- or school-wide culture of resiliency. On-site or online sessions provide educators with the knowledge, skills and confidence to use resiliency data and teach the six skills that can dramatically impact student performance.

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