Title One Information for Families
Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended, provides financial assistance to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.
The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires districts to annually prepare and distribute district and school report cards to the parents/guardians of all children enrolled in district schools. Report cards must include information related to (1) assessments, (2) accountability, and (3) teacher quality as that information applies to the district as a whole and as it applies to each school within the district.
In addition to the report cards themselves, federal law requires that certain information be communicated to families of children enrolled in a district’s schools. This information must include, at a minimum: (1) the accountability and assistance level of the child's school and district; (2) the reason for the level designation, such as the aggregate or high needs groups not meeting cumulative progress and performance index (PPI) targets; (3) an explanation of what the level designation means; (4) an explanation of the school and/or district improvement activities the district has initiated to increase performance in Level 2-4 schools, and how parents/guardians can become involved in school and district improvement activities; and (5) for Title I schools, information about right-to-know requirements regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teacher(s).
The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Learning Coach Community holds the annual Title One meetings during our orientations to discuss the Title I Program and important information about your child’s school. A copy of their presentation is emailed to each household and discusses the following topics:
- School Accountability
- School and District Report Cards
- Teacher Quality
- Parent Engagement
Additional information regarding the federal law and how Title I is implemented in the state of Massachusetts can be found via the following resources:
- School Profile
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: NCLB for Parents and Guardians
- Commitment to Families [PDF]
- Parent Support Guide: Sample Ways to Participate in Your Child’s Education [PDF]
- Parent Involvement and Resources [PDF]
For more information please call 413.475.3879 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.