Title I Supports for Students

Title I, Part A is a federal program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that provides financial assistance to school districts to support the academic achievement of students identified as failing or most at risk of failing to meet state standards and assessments. Title I programs provide students with extra instructional support beyond the regular classroom.

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How Schools Receive Title I Funds

School districts are eligible to receive Title I funds based on federal poverty census information. The amount of funds that a school receives is determined by the number of children from low-income families that live in the school’s attendance area.

How Students Receive Title I Supports

Title I schools identify students that are most in need of educational assistance and provide them with additional academic support. Students do NOT need to be from low-income families in order to receive Title I services.

Private school students who live in the attendance area of a Title I eligible school and who have academic need may be eligible to receive equitable Title I services. School districts offer this participation through timely and meaningful consultation with appropriate private school officials.

Services Offered in Title I Programs

Title I programs are designed to provide services that supplement and support the regular classroom program. Examples of services that may be offered using Title I funds include:

  • Extra instructional time and supports for students;
  • Additional teachers or teacher aides;
  • Specialized instructional methods and teaching materials that supplement the student’s regular classroom instruction;
  • After-school and summer programs that extend and reinforce the school’s regular curriculum.


  • For additional information on specific Title I program elements, see Title I: Improving Academic Achievement.