Title I FAQs
1. What is Title I?
2. How does NESI's Title I program work?
3. Where does NESI operate Title I programs?
Title I, formerly called Chapter I, is the nation's largest elementary and secondary education aid program. The program provides federal funds to schools that serve students who are economically disadvantaged and are at risk of falling behind their classmates or failing. Schools receive funds based on the number of low-income students they enroll; this calculation is generally based on the number of students who qualify for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program. If more than 40 percent of the student body is deemed low-income, the school is considered a school-wide Title I school and may use its funds to provide supplemental programs or services or hire staff members for the benefit of all students; if less than 40 percent of the student body is considered low-income the school is a targeted a Title I school and may only use its funds to improve the resources available to specific student populations. Title I funds may be used to hire additional teachers, purchase classroom materials or otherwise supplement the school's instructional budget. Schools that receive Title I funds and have failed to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two consecutive years are considered “in need of improvement” and must use part of their Title I allocation to provide supplemental educational services to their students, most often in the form of after-school tutoring. Title I seeks to bridge the financial and educational gap between high-performing and low-performing students and schools by providing additional resources to help the special populations of students who need additional assistance and instructional support.
NESI's highly skilled and certified teachers work with small groups or individual students during the school day, before or after school or on Saturdays when necessary. Students are pulled out of their regular classes to work with teachers in NESI classrooms, receiving the support and additional instruction they require to improve their academic performance. Our teachers communicate frequently with students' classroom teachers and parents, promoting a team approach to each child's education. NESI has been delivering Title I services since 1979, making it the nation's oldest provider. We are experts in all areas of Title I, including instructional, administrative and reporting practices.
NESI provides Title I services to eligible students attending schools in 48 districts in Missouri (including Jefferson City, Kansas City and St. Louis) and 13 in Virginia (including the Northern, Tidewater, and Central regions), as well as in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Prince George's County, Maryland; and the District of Columbia.
How We Help Students
NESI delivers educational services to more than 15,000 students in 120 cities, across 17 states, eight foreign countries and two US territories.