Title I

Purpose of Title I
Title I (of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation) is a federal program that provides opportunities for the children served to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet challenging state content standards.
Title I resources are distributed to schools where needs are the greatest, in amounts sufficient to make a difference in the improvement of instruction.
Title I coordinates services with other educational services and, to the degree possible, with health and social services programs.
Title I provides greater decision-making authority and flexibility within the schools and for teachers. However, greater responsibility for student performance is the exchange made for this flexibility.

Components of a Title I School-wide Program

• A comprehensive needs assessment of the entire school is conducted.
• School-wide reform strategies provide opportunities for all children to meet the State’s performance standards.
• Instruction is conducted by a highly qualified staff.
• Professional development is conducted on a continual basis throughout the year.
• Activities are conducted to increase parent involvement.
• Plans are included to provide transitional assistance from pre-school to elementary, from elementary to middle school, and from middle school to high school.
• Measures are taken to include teachers in decisions about assessment.
• Activities are conducted to ensure that students

Description & Explanation of Curriculum, Forms of Academic Assessment, and Proficiency Levels Students Are Expected to Meet

Darlington County School District provides a high-quality curriculum based upon the South Carolina Curriculum Standards. This curriculum has been approved by the South Carolina Board of Education and adopted by the Darlington County Board of Education. Textbooks used in the classrooms have been reviewed by a committee of teachers and adopted and endorsed by the State Department of Education. Specific educational programs in each school are targeted to meet the identified needs of the children in the school.
Darlington County Public Schools administers a variety of standardized assessments to its students. The Palmetto Assessment of State Standards(PASS), which is part of the state assessment program, is given to students in grades three through eight and measures student performance on the state standards. Children in kindergarten and first grade take the South Carolina Readiness Assessment (SCRA) to determine the students’ readiness for first and second grade. Terra Nova is a nationally norm-referenced test administered by the District to students in grades two, four, and seven. Beginning in the tenth grade, the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) is administered. This test is in accordance with No Child Left Behind and measures students’ academic achievement on high school academic standards. To monitor student progress throughout the year, all students are given teacher-prepared and textbook-provided assessments.
Based upon requirements of No Child Left Behind, all students in grades three through eight are expected to score “Met” or “Exemplary” on PASS by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
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