• What is Title I?

    Title I, Part A provides financial assistance through state educational agencies to school divisions and public schools with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic content and achievement standards.

    School divisions target the Title I funds they receive for public schools with the highest percentage of children from low-income families. Unless a participating school is operating a schoolwide program, the school must focus Title I services on children who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet state academic standards. Schools enrolling at least 40 percent of students from low-income families, or schools who have received a schoolwide eligibility waiver, are eligible to use Title I funds for schoolwide programs that are designed to upgrade their entire educational programs for all students, particularly the lowest-achieving students.

     

    The focus at GCPS is to:

    • Support student instruction
    • Improve teaching strategies
    • Increase family engagement

     

    Right-to-Request

    On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. Section 1112(e)(1)(A) states that all families attending Title I schools have the right to request information about the qualifications of the classroom staff working with their child(ren). If requested, the school division will provide families with answers to the following questions as soon as possible:

    • Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
    • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status because of special circumstances.
    • Whether the teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification or degree he/she received.
    • Whether paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if so, their qualifications.

     

    The Virginia Department of Education maintains a web portal that may answer all of these questions. However, for certain new teachers, the information may not be updated immediately.