What is Title 1?
Title 1 is the nation’s oldest and largest federally funded program, according to the U.S.
Department of Education. Federal funding through this program is used by public schools
nationwide in order for struggling students to meet state standards in a variety of subject areas.
Originally, the idea of Title 1 was enacted in 1965 under the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act. This policy committed to closing the achievement gap between low-income
students and other students. The policy was rewritten in 1994 to improve fundamental goals of
helping at-risk students. With the implementation of No Child Left Behind, schools must make
adequate yearly progress on state testing and focus on best teaching practices in order to
continue receiving funds.
What is the Purpose of Title 1 Funding?
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of Title 1 funding, “is to ensure that
all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and
reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state