Title I Forms & Information
Ballard Elementary Schoolwide Title One Program
At the close of the 2013-2014 school year, Ballard R-ll applied for, and was approved, to function as a Schoolwide Title school. This change is being made by the administration with permission from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. With the opening of the 2014-2015 school year the Ballard School district began operating under DESE's Schoolwide Title parameters. Prior to 2014-2015, Ballard was operating under the Targeted parameters.
What is Title One?
Title One is a federally funded educational program designed to assist school districts to meet the educational needs of their students. At Ballard, the focus is on Grades 1 through 6. Title One began in 1965 when Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and was reauthorized in 2001 with the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act. Over 90% of the school systems in the United States receive some sort of Title One funds. Title One is designed to help students achieve proﬁciency on state academic achievement standards.
Facts about Title One
1. Title One promotes high academic achievement for all children.
2. Title One provides parents with opportunities and resources to better understand their child's level of reading comprehension.
3. Title One utilizes a variety of assessments to monitor the progress of each child.
How Will Schoolwide Title Work at Ballard?
All students (Grades 1 - 6) may receive Title One benefits. In Grades 1, 2, and 3, the Title Teacher will serve twice a day in each classroom; once for reading and once for math. These "push-in" sessions are 25 minutes in length. The classroom teacher is in charge and will have the lesson plans for the Title One time. The Title teacher may work with a group of students while the classroom teacher is working with a group, or she may circulate the room and help students while classroom teacher is instructing, or she may work individually with students while the classroom teacher supervises the classroom. The classroom teacher makes the lesson plans weekly and decides how the Title One teacher will help.
Grades 4-6 will participate in a shared 40-minute, RTI reading time immediately following lunch. Students will be divided into three groups and move to the corresponding classroom. The Title teacher will rotate on a three-week basis. First, the classroom teacher will teach a specific reading strategy for two weeks. On the third week, each student will read individually to the Title teacher and receive instruction on reading ﬂuency. These papers will be sent home. For the reading fluency instruction, students will read at his/her own reading level according to the online STAR comprehension reading assessment.
Assessments Used To Determine Student Needs and Progress
1. Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)
2. STANFORD Achievement Test
3. STAR Enterprise online reading comprehension assessment (This assessment is administered at least three times per year.)
4. Teacher referral and recommendation.
As a Parent, You are Part of the Schoolwide Teaching Team
Teaching your child to read is far too important to delegate to only the school and the teachers it employs. You are an integral part of the team. Children learn by example. Let them see you reading newspapers, magazines, and books. Have them accompany you to the library. Read to your child, and as his/her skills increase, ask him to read to you. Show an interest in his daily school activities-- ask to see his schoolwork. Help him get to bed early to receive the required 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Provide a quiet, comfortable area for your child to work on homework—and check to see that it is completed. At the beginning of the school year, meet both the classroom teacher and the Title One teacher. Participate in the Parent-Teacher conferences. Read, sign, return, and do the School - Parent - Student Compact Agreement. This agreement is very important. It's designed for improvement. Please impel your child to read 30 minutes at home. These 30 minutes may be used to read books for book reports or for the Book-lt Program. Perhaps a reading assignment has been made in a content area. The time required to read this assignment will count toward the 30 minutes of after school reading. Any reading outside of school time will count.
Reading, more than anything else, will help your child succeed. lt is the key that unlocks the door to success. Students, who read more, achieve more.