Watervliet Elementary School is a Title 1 School. Please read on for more information about this means for students.
What is a Title 1 School?
Title 1 is the nation’s oldest and largest
federally funded program, according to the U.S. Department of
Education. Annually, it provides over $7 billion to school systems
across the country for students at risk of failure and living at or
Originally, the idea of Title 1 was enacted in 1965 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This policy committed to closing the achievement gap between low-income and other students. The policy was rewritten in 1994 to improve fundamental goals of helping at-risk students. With the implementation of No Child Left Behind, schools must make adequate yearly progress on state testing and focus on best teaching practices in order to continue receiving funds.
What is the Purpose of Title 1 Funding?
According to the U.S. Department of
Education the purpose of Title 1 funding, “is to ensure that all
children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a
high quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on
challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic
The basic principles of Title 1 state that schools with large concentrations of low-income students will receive supplemental funds to assist in meeting student’s educational goals. Low-income students are determined by the number of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. For an entire school to qualify for Title 1 funds, at least 40% of students must enroll in the free and reduced lunch program.
The Watervliet CSD
believes that positive parental involvement is essential to student
achievement and this encourages such involvement in school
educational planning and operations. Parental involvement may take
place in the classroom, on committees or during extra-curricular
activities. We also encourage parental involvement at home since
parents can be a vital influence in determining a child’s
perspective of learning, school and homework e.g. planned home
reading time, informed learning activities, and/or homework
“contracts” between parents and children.
Each year the Title I committee, which includes parents, meets to discuss the Title I plan from the previous year and for the year to come. It is imperative to have input from the parents to get their views on what needs to be done so that all students can feel success in the classroom. We also review our parental involvement strategies and what needs to be done to break down any barriers that there may be.
Please follow the links below to view .pdf documents of documents relating to our Title 1 programs.
Parent Partnership Meeting Minutes (.pdf files)