Title I, Part A provides financial assistance to schools which have high populations of economically disadvantaged students. The purpose of the program is to provide additional academic support to low-income students to ensure all students meet state standards. The funding can be used to support additional instruction in reading and math, as well as, extra programming before and after school. Both the Office of Public Instruction and Ed.gov website have more information. You may visit them at the following locations: http://opi.mt.gov/Programs/TitlePrgms/titleia/ or http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg1.html
TITLE I, PART A EDUCATION FOR THE DISADVANTAGED
Ten schools in Billings Public Schools qualify for Title IA funding. The amount of funding and how it may be used is determined by the percentage of students who come from low-income families.
TITLE II, PART A ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT AND TEACHER QUALITY
The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase academic achievement by improving the quality of teachers and principals in our schools. In Billings Public Schools these funds are utilized to reduce class size and provide professional development. All professional development funded by Title IIA must be tied to the school’s improvement plan and student achievement scores. In Billings Public Schools the funding has been used for example to:
- Provide training in improving student achievement.
- Provide training on applying assessment data to the classroom.
TITLE III, LEP PROGRAM
Title III funding is provided as part of Title I, part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and is designed to support the efforts of states and school districts to meet the unique academic needs of English Language Learners so that these students can achieve the same challenging state standards as all students. The grant provides services to qualifying students in the core academic areas with a focus on reading and mathematics and professional development for instructional staff.
TITLE VII INDIAN EDUCATION
Title VII Indian Education funding supports the efforts of school districts to meet the educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian students. Funding can be used to help American Indian students meet the same state academic achievement standards of all students. Activities and services provided include culturally-related activities, early childhood and family programs, enrichment programs, and academic support. For more information about Indian Education in Billings Public Schools, please visit the department's comprehensive website here.