The information provided below refers to Title I and the appropriate use of Title I funds. For additional information, or if you have questions about Title I schools and the use of these funds, please contact the Office of Federal Programs and Grants at (202) 442-6025 or [email protected]
Title I is the largest source of federal funding for education. Schools receive Title I money as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Title I money is used solely to help ensure that children, regardless of family income, have the opportunity to obtain a quality education and become academically proficient.
There are two kinds of Title I programs: Schoolwide and Targeted Assistance.
A school is eligible to become a Title I Schoolwide Program if 40% or more of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Eligible schools are permitted to use Title I, Part A funds in combination with state and local resources and other federal education program funds to upgrade the entire educational program of the school to raise the academic achievement of all students.
A school is eligible to become a Title I Targeted Assistance Program if between 35-40% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. The term “targeted assistance” means that the services are provided to a select group of children—those identified as failing, or most at risk of failing, rather than for overall school improvement.
Title I School budgets allocate 1% of the received funding to be utilized for parental involvement activities. This provision directly supports students because it strengthens the collaborative relationship between the school and the families.
For the current school year, DCPS has 88 Title I Schools (86 Schoolwide and 2 Targeted Assistance) and 24 Non-Title I Schools. View the list of Title I schools.
Schools with less than 35% of students eligible for free or reduced lunch are considered Non-Title I.
Non-Title I Schools receive Title II, Part A funding which is used to support professional development for teachers and principals.
The Office of Federal Programs and Grants’ Monitoring and Support Team works with schools to ensure compliant implementation of Title I school programs. The team also distributes pertinent information to the schools such as the DCPS Parental Right to Know Guide for families and collects required documentation. Additionally, the Team oversees the Equitable Services federal program which coordinates funding for eligible DC resident students who attend private schools.
It is mandated through the ESSA that Local Education Agencies (LEAs) provide equitable instructional and parental services to District of Columbia resident students who attend private schools. The Equitable Services unit renders services to eligible students, families and teachers through allocated federally funded dollars. By working with school administrators and service providers, the team is able to implement, design, provide technical assistance and oversee fiduciary responsibility as outlined in the law. A list of the current school year’s participating non-public schools is available here.