• Title I

                What is Title I?


    • Originated under President Johnson in 1965
    • Originally called the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
    • Reauthorized in 2001 as “No Child Left Behind”
    • Reauthorized about every five years but rarely happens on time
    • It should have been reauthorized in 2001
     Title I-Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

    The purpose of this title is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. This purpose can be accomplished by-
    • ensuring that high quality academic assessments, accountability systems, teacher preparation and training, curriculum, and instructional materials are aligned with challenging State academic standards.
    • meeting the educational needs of low-achieving children in our Nation’s highest-poverty schools, limited English proficient children, migratory children, children with disabilities, Indian children, neglected or delinquent children, and young children in need of reading assistance;
    • closing the achievement gap between high-and low performing children, especially the achievement gaps between minority and nonminority students, and between disadvantage children and their more advantaged peers; also improving the academic achievement of all students;
    • distributing and targeting resources sufficiently to make a difference to local educational agencies and schools where needs are greatest;
    • improving and strengthening accountability, teaching, and learning by using State assessment systems designed to ensure that students are meeting challenging Atate academic achievement;
    • providing greater decision-making authority and flexibility to schools and teachers in exchange for greater responsibility for student performance;
    • providing children an enriched and accelerated educational program
    • promoting school-wide reform and ensuring the access of children to effective; significally based instructional strategies and challenging academic content;
    • significantly elevating the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development;
    • coordinating services under all parts of this title with each other,
    • affording parents substantial and meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.
    Title I information 2012-2013
       The state of North Carolina submitted a waiver to the federal government of the United States which was approved in the spring of 2012.  This waiver changed the targets for the schools in North Carolina from Annual Yearly Progress or AYP to Annual Measurable Outcomes or AMO.  The waiver also allowed for the guidelines to be less punitive and allow for more flexibility in the services provided to our students in our schools who may be socio-economically disadvantaged.  There are no longer any sanctions in the North Carolina federally approved waiver.  This means that no schools required to provide school of choice or supplemental education services from state approved providers.
       Gates County Schools met all of the AMO (annual measurable outcomes) set by the state with the exception of the area of reading with the students with disabilities population in grades 6-8.  All of the elementary schools met the AMO targets for the 2011-2012 school year.  Gates County Schools ranked 14th out of the 115 schools districts and charters in the state of North Carolina in meeting the AMO's proficiency rates. 
    School Choice/ SES Information for 2012-2013
       Gates County Schools has chosen not to continue to offer school of choice as we had no students who were currently in a school of choice.  Gates County Schools also decided that we would provide extra assistance in a variety of ways from flexible grouping and intervention times to tradition after school tutoring to help students who may be struggling as well as utilizing more research based programs to support the student learning process.
    School Choice/SES Information for 2011-2012
         Schools who did not achieve AYP in the same subject area (math or reading) for 2 or more consecutive years enter Title I School Improvement. The following schools are in Title I School Improvement: Buckland Elementary School and T. S. Cooper Elementary School. Students at these schools may elect to request a school transfer to another school not in the improvement process. However, all of our elementary schools are in the school improvement process at this time. Gatesville Elementary School is still on the "watch list" for this school year, if they continue to make AYP they will be the school of choice for Buckland Elementary School and TS Cooper Elementary School student's who wish to transfer.
        School Choice History
         Students from Gatesville Elementary School and T. S. Cooper Elementary School were eligible to transfer to Buckland Elementary School. We only had five students to transfer to Buckland Elementary School from both Gatesville and T. S. Cooper Elementary schools.
         All elementary schools were in the school improvement. We had no School of choice to offer.
         All elementary schools were in the school improvement. We had no School of choice to offer.
         All elementary schools were in the school improvement. We had no School of choice to offer.
         Gatesville Elementary School is no longer in school improvement.  They must be out of school improvement one year before they can be a school of choice.  This year there was no elementary school that was out of school improvement for a year.
    Supplemental Education Services (SES)
         Students at Buckland Elementary School and T. S. Cooper Elementary School may be eligible to receive free tutoring in the area of math. The tutoring is provided by companies and organizations approved by the NC Department of Public Instruction. The providers will be able to conduct the tutoring at the school sites. Transportation will be provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students who have tutoring at the school sites. Eligible families were notified by letter of the tutoring service. A providers fair was held on October 6, 2011 for the parents to attend to select their provider at Gates County Community Center at 6:30 pm.  We had over ten providers to attend.  Parents were able to meet the providers and ask questions concerning the programs.  Applications were available at the provider fair.  Applications were also sent to all eligible students.
       We began our first tutoring session on October 25, 2011.  It will run until February 23, 2011.  We will have the school sites and transportation provided every Tuesday and Thursday that school is in session.  We are proposing a second enrollment period beginning February 7, 2011 if funds are available.  We have five providers serving about 65 students through the tutoring programs.  The providers that we have serving Gates County Schools are Ace It by Sylvan of Elizabeth City, Damascus Road Academy, Gates County Public Schools, Project ATS Success, and Village Learning Solutions.
         In the 2010-2011 school year, Buckland Elementary School, Gatesville Elementary School, and T.S. Cooper Elementary School provided SES to 70 students.  We utilized three separate providers which were chosen by the parents from a list of state approved providers.  The providers were Village Learning Solutions, Ace It by Sylvan of Elizabeth City and Damascus Road Academy.
         In the 2009-2010 school year, Buckland Elementary School, Gatesville Elementary School, and T. S. Cooper Elementary School provided SES to 50 students.
         In the 2008-2009 school year, T. S. Cooper Elementary School served 32 students out of 160 students. Buckland Elementary School and Gatesville Elementary School did not offer SES.
         In the 2007-2008 school year, no Gates County Schools offered SES.