Title I, a supplemental remedial reading and math program, is provided for eligible students at Brandon Elementary and Valley Springs Elementary. Due to the limited federal funds the district receives for Title I services, a limited number of students in grades one through three are identified and served in this program.
To qualify for Title I services, students referred by their parent or teacher are assessed annually in the areas of reading and/or math. Those students most in need of services are selected for participation and placed in the program with parent consent.
The Title I program is staffed by certified elementary teachers who provide pull-out services to the students for approximately twenty minutes per day for each academic area (math and reading). Title I staff work closely with the studentsí classroom teacher to pre-teach skills and/or remediate skills.
Parentís Right to Know
Title I Part A, Section 1111 (h)(6) specifies the following requirement. At the beginning of each school year, any district that receives Title I funds must notify the parents of each student attending a Title I school that the parents may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers. The district will provide a response to the parentsí request in a timely manner.
The information must include, at a minimum, the following:
(i) Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
(ii) Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
(iii) The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
(iv) Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Parents may also request information on the level of achievement of the their child in each of the State academic assessments and timely notice that their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.
The notice and information provided to parents must be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language that the parents can understand.
Further, the federal education law put in place by President Bush called "No Child Left Behind, requires that all parents in a Title I school be notified and given the opportunity to request information about the professional qualifications of classroom teachers instructing their child. If you are interested in this information, you may send your request to the building principal or Title I coordinator who will provide a response.
For more information about the federal Title I program, visit the following website: http://doe:sd.gov/oess/title/oneAbasic/index.asp.