Title I is the major component of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), passed in 1965 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty.  Congress has reauthorized the Act numerous times since its enactment, making changes in focus each time. The current reauthorization of ESEA is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015. 

    Title I funding flows from the U.S. Department of Education (as appropriated by Congress) to the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDOE), which then allocates funds to Clarendon County School District (CCSD). The District adheres to Federal ESSA law mandates to ensure that Title I Schoolwide Program funding is provided directly to eligible schools above the 75 percent poverty threshold.  Eligible schools spend the funds allocated based on formalized School Improvement Processes approved by CCSD and SCDOE.

    Title I is the part of ESSA that supports programs in schools and school districts to improve the learning of children from low-income families. Title I is the largest federally funded education program designed to provide students with additional help in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

    The Title I Program is committed to helping schools close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. The Title I pages are designed to supply users with information relevant to Title I to provide a clear understanding of the overall program. 

    Additionally, Title I schools’ administrators and staff shall read the Title I Handbook, located under the Resources navigation menu, to become familiar with all policies and procedures. The Supplement vs. Supplanting provision of the ESEA must be observed at all times to ensure that federal funds provide the additional educational resources that students and teachers in high-poverty schools need to succeed. Administrators are encouraged to contact the Office of Federal Programs if clarification or assistance is needed.

    Title I Part A

    • Title I, Part A

    The purpose of Title I, Part A is to help local educational agencies (LEAs) improve teaching and learning in high-poverty schools and help children failing or most at-risk of failing meet challenging state academic standards.

    This purpose is accomplished by such efforts as follows:

      • providing an enriched and accelerated educational program;
      • promoting schoolwide reform through schoolwide programs or through additional services that increase the amount and quality of instructional time;
      • significantly upgrading the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development; and
      • affording parents meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children at home and at school.

    • Parental Involvement Policy  https://ed.sc.gov/policy/federal-education-programs/title-i/title-i-lea-support/parent-involvement/ 
    • Parent's Right To Know