What Is Title I ?

  • Title I is a federally-funded, general education support program. We use this funding, along with other sources, to provide reading support geared toward increasing student achievement. Our program is more commonly known as "Reading Club".

    Students receive supplemental practice and instruction with a certificated teacher. Small groups or individuals meet for approx. 20 minutes, 4 times a week. Students do not meet on Mondays due to our early dismissal schedule. The classroom is Room 221, across from the Sakai office, next to our library.

    Children who participate are those students who, for a variety of reasons, have fallen behind their peers in reading. The purpose of Title I is to help them catch up to grade level and succeed in the classroom. 

    Students meet during a Flex time, which does not impact core classroom instruction.


    What are the goals?

    • To identify specific reading skill challenges for each eligible student. 
    • To help each student acquire the phonological awareness and automaticity needed to become a fluent reader.
    • To supplement classroom instruction with remediation and practice which will enable students to meet WA State Standards. 
    • To develop a positive attitude and self-confidence by providing success. 
    • To foster the enjoyment of reading, to make it relevant to students’ lives, and to encourage reading as a leisure activity.


    What is the identification process?

    Every Sakai student is screened in the fall to determine his or her reading levels. We use these scores, the state SBA scores, and other informal assessments to identify which students require additional help. Students are monitored monthly to measure progress. 


    What will be learned?

    A structured literacy approach is used. Phonological awareness is emphasized and strategies for fluency are practiced. Activities are selected to build and strengthen vocabulary. Essential reading comprehension strategies are identified and practiced using a variety of guided reading texts.


    How does a student exit the program?

    The Title I teacher and the classroom teacher regularly progress monitor students in the program to ensure a successful progression through our curriculum. Students may be eligible to exit the program at any time during the year when assessments indicate that their skills and classroom performance show they no longer need additional instruction.

    Parents may opt-out of Title I services, but we encourage them to first discuss their decision with the student's language arts teacher.


    Who can I contact for more information?          

    Ruth Schmidt, Sakai Title I Reading Intervention                                     

    Phone:   206-780-6521            

    email: rschmidt@bisd303.org