Use of Title I Funds in the District

  • Title I, Part A (Title I) is part of the federal government’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program.  On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law by President Obama.  ESSA retains many of the core provisions of No Child Left Behind (the previous reauthorization of the Elementary Secondary Education Act) related to standards, assessments, accountability, and use of Federal funds.  It provides additional financial assistance to school districts to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
    The law requires school districts to target the Title I funds they receive to schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families.  We then are required to focus Title I services on children in those schools who are failing, or most at risk of falling, to meet state academic standards.
    In the Patchogue-Medford School District, we use this money to provide literacy intervention services to our struggling learners.  Our Title I Schools are:

    • Bay Elementary
    • Canaan Elementary
    • Eagle Elementary
    • Medford Elementary
    • River Elementary

    We use almost all the money to pay for literacy intervention teachers and teacher assistants in our Title I schools.  We welcome your input, as parents of students in these schools, regarding our Title I program. 

    We are required to use a percentage of our Title I allocation for parent involvement activities in eligible schools.  These funds provide our parents with materials or pay staff members to offer parent workshops throughout the school year. 

    A Title I Parent and Family Engagement policy (Policy #6156) is an additional requirement for schools that receive Title I funds.  The Parent and Family Involvement Policy can be found by visiting the link on the school website for Board of Education Polices or clicking on the link below.