Title I is a compensatory education program for elementary and secondary school children in both public and non-public schools. For 30 years, it has provided supplemental services, mainly in the areas of reading and mathematics, to students experiencing difficulties in those academic areas. It is the largest and one of the most successful federal elementary and secondary education programs in the history of the United States. Over 145 million children nationwide have enjoyed improved academic performance as a result of services provided by Title I programs. It is not a Special Education program. This program helps assure that learners have the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to meet the high standards expected of all students.
The Monticello School District serves students in Grades K-5 in reading and math. Research shows that early intervention is the key to preventing reading difficulties for children. In kindergarten, letter recognition along with phonemic awareness (the understanding of beginning and ending sounds, rhyming words and sound blending) are essential for beginning readers. Some children may simply need more time, while others need the additional support/instruction. For Grades 1-5, the Monticello Title I program has two types of service available for students depending on the needs of the learner. For students who are assessed to be at least one half year below grade level in reading, the reading intervention programs are provided to supplement the regular classroom reading. Instruction is provided by a licensed elementary teacher for @25 minutes, 4 days per week in the Title I Resource room. For students who show evidence of a few gaps in reading, a paraprofessional works with small groups of students in the classroom or media center up to 4 days per week. Math help may be a push-in program where Title I staff works in the classroom with Title I students and classroom teachers. Some students may be pulled-out of the classroom and work in small groups to provide additional time for practice of basic math functions.