How Does Title I Work?

Remediation in grades one, two, and three is as follows:

  • A primary emphasis is placed on the first and second grade reading program. Selected 3rd grade students do receive support. 
  • Title 1 Reading support occurs in the class and with pull out groups to assist those students who need the most support.  
  • Students receive 120 minutes of instruction a week in Title I.
  • Class size for pull out groups is approximately 4-6 pupils per group. Tilte I teachers do push in to the ELA block. 
  • It should be noted that instructional time provided to parochial students may vary somewhat from the above because of funding procedures defined by the Federal Government.
  • The Title 1 teachers schedule a planning time to meet with the classroom teachers  to review student progress and adjust instruction throughout the year.
  • There is no formal grading in the Title I Program.  Conferences are scheduled twice a year to update parents.  Written progress reports are sent twice during the year:  mid-year and end-of-year.
  • Students use a variety of reading materials, including the district's reading series and trade books. Decodable text is a primary resource.
  • Computers are utilized in the instruction of all Title I students!
  • Adhering to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards in Reading, a balanced literacy approach is incorporated into instruction.  This incorporates direct phonics lessons and quality children's literature.  The Teachers monitor sudent progress on a regular basis using the DIBELS benchmark assessments.  The groups are adjusted based on students with the greatest need every nine weeks.  A Grade Level Data team meets regularly to develop groups.  This information is used to plan instruction using the best practices in Reading.
  • The five major components that are targeted are : phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension.  These are areas identified by the National Reading Panel.

Other Title 1 Services-Titan Time

  • In response to the current regulations in Response to Intervention(RTI), the Shaler Area School District has adopted scheduling a reading intervention time that we call Titan Time (Team Instruction using Assessment Norms) in grades 1-3. The Guided Reading Program is used during this time.
  • Data Team meetings analyze and review student data to organize students into differentiated instruction groups.
  • These groups are flexible and instruction is adjusted based on DIBELS assessments.


Exits can occur at the end of the first semester (mid January) for students in grades two and three. There is usually no mid-year exit for first grade students.  In order to exit the program, students must have the following:

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