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 and math support geared toward increasing student achievement.
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 achievement. 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, specialists, or band. This Flex time is built into Sakai's schedule specifically for the purpose of providing students with intervention and enrichment.
What are the goals?
- To identify specific skill challenges for each eligible student.
- To help each student acquire the automaticity needed to become a fluent reader or mathematician.
- 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 & math, and to make it relevant to students’ lives.
What is the identification process?
Every Sakai student is screened in the fall to determine his or her abilities. 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?
Reading: 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.
Math: Students will receive focused math instruction using the Bridges Intervention curriculum. All students can make sense of mathematics - some students just need more time, more opportunities and more support than others. Our approach emphasizes problem solving, the use of faithful visual models and a focus on developing fluency. Bridges provides targeted instruction and assessment for essential mathematics skills and concepts. A strengths-based approach builds on each student’s abilities—starting with manipulatives, then moving to two-dimensional representations and mental images.
How does a student exit the program?
The intervention 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.
What if this isn't a good fit for my child?
Eligibility is based on assessment data, and a team of school professionals work together to determine which students might benefit from intervention. However, we understand that parents may have valid reasons for declining the opportunity. Your child's participation in the program is your decision.
Parents may opt-out of Title I services, but we encourage them to first discuss their decision with the student's teacher. An opt-out form is attached to your notification email for this purpose, and we ask that you sign and return the form if you wish to decline the opportunity.
Who can I contact for more information?
Ruth Schmidt, Sakai Academic Intervention