Title I

The Title I Program, which is now the pillar of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), is our oldest and largest federally funded education program, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The Federal Government provides the financial assistance through state educational agencies (SEAs) to local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools.

Dating back to 1965, its main purpose has been to help underprivileged children meet challenging state academic standards. In other words, schools with a lower-income student base are provided Title I funding as an equitable measure to boost the academic success of those who are behind in their education or at risk of falling behind. The Title I Program aims to bridge the gap between low-income students and their moderate-to-high-income peers.

There are thousands of Title I schools nationwide, and they provide students with extra instructional support beyond the regular classroom to help low-achieving children meet state standards in core academic subjects. The schools coordinate and integrate resources and services from federal, state, and local sources. To be considered for Title I school funds, at least 40% of the students must be considered low-income.


McGavock Elementary receives Title I funds.