• Frequently Asked Questions- Title 1

     

    What is Title 1?

    Title 1 is a federally funded program which enables schools to provide supplemental educational services to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education for struggling readers in elementary and secondary schools. This service is in addition to what the classroom teacher provides in the classroom. It is not special education.

     

    Who can qualify for for Title 1 services at Target Range?

    Students who need additional support in reading qualify for Title 1 services. Title 1 is available to kindergarten through 8th grade students at Target Range.

     

    How does a student qualify for Title 1 services?

    We use a number of research validated assessments including Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)* data, Unit Read Well scores, Measured Academic Progress (MAP) scores, classroom assessments, Decoding Surveys, and classroom teacher referrals to determine if a student requires Title 1 assisstance.

    *The authors of the DIBELS assessments has recently changed their name to Acadience.

     

    How will I be notified if my chlld qualifies for Title 1 services?

    A Title 1 permisson form will be sent home with your child to receive additional reading instruction. The permission form is initially sent in September for returning Title 1 students and in October, after our DIBELS assessment, for new students. 

     

    What services does my child receive if they are in Title 1?

    Our program interventions include the curriculum Reading Mastery in grades K-2 and Corrective Reading in grades 3-5, as a small group. Our supplementary intervention programs are designed to provide powerful, daily, small-group instruction at your child's level. We progress monitor our students to ensure all students are learning and gaining more independence in reading.

    Students in Title 1 receive extra support in developing foundational reading skills and strategies that are imperative to acedemic success. Our program focuses on the five essential components of reading instruction: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension.  

    Our goal is to assist students to higher levels of literacy and to acquire a strong skill set for reading. We aim to make this a positive experience for your child.

     

    How long will my child remain in Title 1?

    Based on data, through progress monitoring and DIBELS, students who reach grade level benchmark goals two consecuative times are exited from Title 1. Occasionally, a student will be recommended to our A team if he/she doesn't progress in Title 1 or the classroom. The classroom teacher would contact you, as the parent, to inform you of our concerns and to discuss the SAT process.

     

    How often will my child meet with the Title 1 teacher?

    Students come to the Title 1 room daily for 25-30 minutes. This is during a time when the classroom teacher is not teaching core instruction. Your child will not be pulled from music, physical education, library or from any of their other "specials".

     

    Will my child feel "labeled" if they are pulled out of the classroom for Title 1?

    Most students are very excited to go with the Title 1 teacher and fellow classmates. Some students have nicknamed Title 1 the "Tiger Club". The students all participate in small groups and enjoy working on their level in reading without feelings of frustration or embarrassment.

     

    Can I decline services for my child?

    Yes, you are welcome to decline services on the permission form.

     

    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to email/call me.

    [michelle.glennon@target.k12.mt.us]

    406-549-9239 ext.272