What is Title 1?
Title I programs are federally funded instruction that is in addition to core reading and math classes for students who are struggling to meet the state standards. The federal government gives funds to Delaware through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to divide among school districts based on their percentage of low-income families and participating schools. ECHS@DSU uses its Title I funds to implement a well-rounded program of instruction to meet the academic needs of all students by providing all instruction in an inclusive environment with additional support as deemed by the individual student’s need. Additional supports are developed for at-risk students to operate supplemental programs in reading and math. These programs are in compliance with Response to Intervention (RTI), another federal mandate.
Parents Right to Know
It is a parents right to know, when their child is taught by a non-highly certified teacher for four or more weeks consecutively. We encourage parents to participate in the educational process and communicate frequently with teachers to help develop strong home-school relationships with core and Title I teachers.
Parents, guardians and caregivers have the right to learn about the credentials of teacher(s). Parents with computers can access the DEEDS link on the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) website by clicking on this link and using the Community Access boxes on the left side of the page. Parents without computers can contact the School Leader or Assistant Principal to ask them to share this information with you.
School will notify parents and guardians in writing when their child has been instructed by a non-highly qualified teacher for four or more weeks.
Title I law requires a district to reserve 1% of its federal funds for parent involvement activities. These funds are spent in a variety of ways, with your input. Every Title I school is given an allocation to increase its capacity of parent and family participation.
Parent Involvement Policy and Complaint Process
School parent involvement policies are parent-friendly documents with a shared vision for student success through collaboration, engaging activities, and evaluation of goals.
Our school holds multiple parent nights and PTSA or board meetings to discuss Title I and home-school connection. Announcements are posted on the school sites, school newsletters, and social media. Monthly newsletters are published to keep you updated about school parent meetings throughout the year.
Complaint Regulations: DOE Federal Programs Complaint Procedures
How Can Your Voice Be Heard?
Parent suggestions are welcomed at the Early College High School at Delaware State University because we believe our program should reflect your child and family’s needs. You are a stakeholder in the educational process and should be heard, to collaborate, and to foster mutual understanding. The goal is to increase student achievement and parent involvement.
At the school level, you can participate in the Parent Nights, student events, volunteer, and become a member of the School PTSA to learn about the programs and practices that are in place.
At the state level, the Delaware State Parent Advisory Council (SPAC) welcomes ECHS@DSU representatives to promote collaborative efforts between school districts and communities.
Important School Accountability/Testing Information
Click here to access the DOE website to view test results for ECHS@DSU. The site shows general information; you will not see performance scores for any individual child. While on this site, you can also view information about the schools staff, student demographics, academic programs, and much more.
Title I Parent Advisory Council
Parent Involvement is important for student achievement and the success of Title I programs. All parents are invited to attend the Title I Parent Advisory Council, PTSA meetings. There are two meetings a year focused on Title 1. Reminders are listed on the school calendar and in the school newsletters. Dates and times rotate to accommodate all parents. At the PAC meeting, parents are given the opportunity to:
Determine Title I program goals
Plan, implement and evaluate Tile I programs
Revise the Parent Involvement Policy and Compact
Attend Parent Involvement conferences and build capacity
Support parent leaders who share information with and obtain ideas from other families
Develop student awareness that families views are represented in school decisions
Each school receiving funds under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) must develop a written school-parent compact jointly with parents for all children participating in Title I, Part A activities, services, and programs. That compact is part of the school’s written parental involvement policy developed by the school and parents under section 1118(b) of the ESEA. The compact must outline how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards.