In 1965, the federal government funded a "catch up" program in American Education. The first section of this program was Title I of the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Through the years, the law changed its name. In 2001, Title I was reauthorized under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Although the names have changed, the purpose of Title I has remained the same...to provide "financial assistance to meet the special educational needs of children". It pays for additional teachers, materials, equipment, and services, as well as parent and teacher training.
In the United School District, Title I services are provided at the United Elementary School. Based on various assessments, students from kindergarten through sixth grade showing the greatest need in Reading related areas are identified for program services. Most of the Title I instructional support is provided in-class on a daily basis. Occasionally, children who need additional help may be pulled from the classroom and receive remediation from a Title I Reading specialist. These children are not penalized for missing regular classroom instruction. Using a small group or one-to-one setting, the Title I teachers can differentiate instruction by using materials and approaches that are designed specifically to meet the particular needs of their students. Our main goal is to provide supplemental instruction in order for these children to meet the rigorous educational standards that Pennsylvania has established.