Title I & Parent Engagement
What Is A Title I School?
Title I schools receive federal funding to address the academic needs of students and to assist them in meeting the state’s high standards, particularly in the areas of reading, writing, science and mathematics.
Most Fort Worth ISD schools are Title I schools, meaning that under ESSA guidelines these schools must receive Title I, Part A funding specifically to support parental and family engagement activities. The Family Communications Department works with Title I schools to engage families and promote partnerships between school personnel, families, and community leaders.
Title I Activity Requirements
The following activities are required for schools receiving Title I funds to promote parental and family engagement as required by ESSA:
- Hold an annual meeting, at a convenient time, that families of participating children can attend. This is typically done on Meet the Teacher night or other back-to-school event.
- Offer a flexible number of meetings for parents and family members to be involved in throughout the year.
- Involve families in the planning, review, and improvement of programs. Your SBDM or parent organizations are great groups to use for feedback and planning.
- Provide parents of participating children:
- Timely information about programs
- Description of the curriculum in use at the school
Explained: Parent Engagement Policies/Plans
As required by the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) law, each Title I school must develop with parents a written parent and family engagement policy that communicates the expectations for family engagement and how the school will carry out those family involvement requirements. The Parent and Family Engagement Policy must address required federal components and describe how the components will be implemented.
The school must make this annual policy available to parents and the community in an understandable format and language. This policy must be developed and re-evaluated annually, agreed upon by and distributed to parents of participating children.
Communication with families should occur in the native language of the family. Utilize interpreters and request translation of documents when necessary. Assistance is available through the Fort Worth ISD Translation and Interpretation Services Department, 817-814-2416.
Title I Document Requirements
Title I schools must maintain documentation of policies, compact, forms, handouts, and parent communication efforts.
Every Title I campus must maintain a Parent Involvement notebook. The notebook should contain:
- School Parent Involvement Policy
- School-Parent Compact
- Meeting script and sign in sheets
- Meeting handouts
- Meeting minutes
- Copies of notices used to inform parents of meetings
- End-of-Year Parent Involvement Evaluation Survey Results
Tip Don’t reinvent the wheel! Use your campus CNA AND CIP to align your policy to your campus goals.
Explained: School-Parent Compacts
In addition to creating a parent and family engagement policy, each Title I school must also jointly develop with parents a school-parent compact as a component of that policy. A school-parent compact is a written agreement between the school and the parents of children participating in the Title I school. At a minimum, the school-parent compact must include:
- The school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards;
- Documentation of ways in which parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning (e.g., monitoring attendance, homework completion, or television watching; volunteering in their child’s classroom; or positive use of extracurricular time); and
- An explanation of the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis through, at a minimum:
- Parent-teacher conferences to discuss the compact
- Frequent reports to parents on their child’s progress; and
- Reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and observation of classroom activities.
Tip Make sure these documents are accessible in parents’ home language