Public schooling is filled with acronyms and terms, such as “Title I schools.” So what exactly is a Title I school?
First of all, Title I is a federal program that gives money to public schools, and as such it is part of No Child Left Behind and its predecessors.
The US Department of Education describes Title I, which is a major part of NCLB (there are 10 titles) here. Its stated purpose is to help with “improving the academic achievement of the disadvantaged” and “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 achievement standards and state academic assessments.” Now, some state’s assessments are more challenging than others, but that’s a story for another day.
Schools can use Title I funds for any number of purposes, such as “assessments, accountability systems, teacher preparation and training, curriculum, and instructional materials.” While the funds are not specifically designated for any one child, the “ideal” children that Title I funds are designated for are “low-achieving children in our Nation’s highest-poverty schools, limited English proficient children, migratory children, children with disabilities, Indian children, neglected or delinquent children, and young children in need of reading assistance.”
How many Title I schools in Kansas?
The site SchoolDigger.com lists 1,312 schools in Kansas. The list does not include every school in the state or even every public school, and the list appears to be from the 2005-2006 school year. Still, it’s a good place to start looking at the number of Title I schools. The breakdown is as follows.
- Title I schools: 997
- Non-title I schools: 284
- No data: 31
In other words, 3 out of 4 schools in Kansas (specifically, 76 percent) of schools are “Title I schools.”
A document from early 2009 (PDF), published by KSDE, shows only 628 Title I schools.