Title I - Developing Great Minds
Title I is designed to support State and local school reform efforts tied to challenging State academic standards in order to reinforce and ensure all efforts to improve teaching and learning for students at risk of meeting State standards.
Individual public schools with poverty rates above 60 percent may use Title I funds, along with other Federal, State, and local funds, to operate a "schoolwide program" to upgrade the instructional program for the whole school. Schools with poverty rates below 60 percent, or those choosing not to operate a schoolwide program may offer a "targeted assistance program" in which the school identifies children who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the State's challenging performance standards, then designs, in consultation with parents, staff, and district staff, an instructional program to meet the needs of those students.
Both schoolwide and targeted assistance programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support parental involvement.
Union Elementary School was nominated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a 2011 National Title I Distinguished School in the area of Sustained Student Achievement. A ceremony honoring this achievement was held Thursday, November 3, 2011 during a special luncheon at the North Carolina Association of Compensatory Educators (NCACE) Conference in Greensboro. Pictured are Union Elementary staff receiving a Board Salute for this prestigious honor.
In Brunswick County , Title I funds are being used to support the approximately 8500 students in the fourteen elementary and middle schools. Title I schools that have not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on their End-of -Grade tests for 2 years in a row, are considered schools in improvement. In the past, a school entering school improvement was required to offer School of Choice.
As part of School of Choice, parents could elect to have their child transferred to another school which made their AYP. If the school in improvement does not make AYP for a third year, then they are required to not only offer School of Choice, but to provide Supplemental Educational Services (SES) or after school tutoring to the children who remain at their school and who qualify as economically disadvantaged.
Last year Brunswick County was part of a pilot that allowed schools to offer SES in the first year of improvement, which included Lincoln and Waccamaw.