Title I Program Models
There are two types of Title I program models, schoolwide and targeted assistance, allowed under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 . During school year 2016-2017, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) operates 25 schoolwide programs. At this time, MCPS does not have any targeted assistance program.
A schoolwide program focuses on comprehensive reform strategies designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school; its primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on state academic achievement standards.
This schoolwide reform strategy requires that a school:
- Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment;
- Identify and commit to specific goals and strategies that address those needs;
- Create a comprehensive plan; and
- Conduct an annual review of the effectiveness of the schoolwide program and revise the plan as necessary.
A targeted assistance program focuses services only to a specific group of identified students. A key principle of a targeted assistance school is that Title I services provided for the identified students must be supplementary to the regular educational program.
A targeted assistance program must include in eight components outlined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act:
- Use of effective methods and instructional strategies that are scientifically research based
- Instruction provided by highly qualified teachers
- Provide strategies that increase parental involvement
- Ensure that planning for Title I students is incorporated into existing school planning
- Use Title I resources to help identified students meet the state's challengeing academic achievement standards expected of all students
- Work collaboratively with and support the regular education program
- Provide professional development opportunities for all staff who work with identified Title I students
- Coordinate and integrate federal, state, and local programs for violence prevention, nutrition, housing, Head Start, adult education, vocational and technical education, and job training