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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.

WHEN DOES A STUDENT LEAVE TITLE I?

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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