Frequently Asked Questions

ESEA / Title I

How can the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) help my child?

There are many programs that are offered under the ESEA legislation. Parents should contact their local school for information on how their student might qualify for additional help in reading or mathematics or becoming proficient in English. Many schools also offer programs for parents who want to help their children succeed in school.

What is Title I?

Title I is the largest source of federal funds to education. Schools and districts receive Title I funds based on the number of low-income families that reside within the district. Charter schools can also receive Title I funds, if they have students from low-income families. The schools then use these funds to provide extra academic services for any student who is not performing at grade level. The purpose of Title I programs is to help all students succeed and meet Arizona’s Academic Standards, especially in reading and mathematics.

What is a Title I school?

A Title I school is any school that has enough students from low-income families to provide the school with additional funds to operate a Title I program. Not all schools are eligible to receive Title I funds. It is up to the district to distribute Title I funds, starting with the schools that have the most students from low-income families. In some cases, a district may also elect to support Title I programs in the elementary schools as a way to remedy problems earlier in a student’s school career.

Which students are eligible to get help from Title I programs?

Each individual school that receives Title I funds develops programs to meet the academic needs of the students in reading or mathematics. The school determines which students need the most help and enroll them in the programs first.

How does a Title I school reach out to help parents to be involved with their child’s education?

Title I schools are required to plan for involving parents. Title I schools and districts engage parents with activities that support the classroom work of their student, help parents learn how to be effective parents, teach parents literacy and numeracy skills, and offer parents the opportunity to become decision makers in their schools or district

Revised September 2014