The purpose of Title I, Part A Grant supplemental funding is to address the highest poverty areas of the division in order to
- lessen the effects of poverty on student academic success,
- develop and implement innovative educational reform programs to improve student achievement and teacher performance,
- and meet the diverse educational needs of all students. (public law-107-110)
Virginia, under No Child Left Behind Act flexibility waivers granted by USED (United States Education Department), established annual measurable objectives (AMOs) in reading and mathematics for increasing student achievement to ensure all students have an opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. These objectives replaced the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets schools were previously required to meet under the federal education law.
Title I staff collaborates with other VBCPS departments including the Department of Teaching and Learning, Department of School Leadership, Department of Planning, Innovation and Accountability, Department of Human Resources , Department of Technology, Department of Media and Communications, Department of Transportation, Department of Division Services, and the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children, to support all students in schools receiving Title I funding in order to meet and exceed local, state, and federal goals.
Section 1113 of Title I contains the requirements for identifying eligible school attendance areas and selecting those eligible areas that will participate in Title I, Part A. The division must rank all of its school attendance areas in rank order of poverty. The percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch is used as the poverty indicator criteria. The division must serve all attendance areas with a poverty rate above 75%, including any middle or high schools. After the division has served all of its areas with a poverty rate above 75%, it may rank remaining areas by grade span groupings. All school areas served must be selected in rank order. In VBCPS, the elementary schools with the highest level of poverty receive funding that is used for staffing and resources to meet the needs of their students.