Title I is the nation’s largest elementary and secondary education aid program and among the most critical Federal education programs to support reforms and innovations in elementary and secondary education.
The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments.
The program provides federal funds to schools that serve students who are economically disadvantaged and are at risk of falling behind their classmates or failing. Schools receive funds based on the number of low-income students they enroll. The St. Louis Language Immersion Schools meets the state minimum of 40 percent below poverty. This enables each of our schools to implement a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program for every student that attends our schools.
At SLLIS, we use Title I funds to operate a school-wide program and support comprehensive school-wide reforms to meet the Title I goals of increasing the quality of instruction and improving academic achievement for all students. We also use Title I funds for targeted students, such as those who are failing — or most at risk of failing — to meet the state’s academic achievement standards.
Depending on the needs of each school, these reforms span a continuum: From focusing on specific needs of historically underserved populations to implementing rigorous school intervention models designed to improve overall achievement in each SLLIS school.
SLLIS has initiated several reforms and innovations in areas such as teacher and leader evaluation and support systems, and teacher certification and quality.