Title I is a federally funded supplemental education program that provides funds to districts to improve educational opportunities for children. Title I programs are designed to help children meet the state content and performance standards in reading, language arts, and mathematics.
The East Stroudsburg Area School District district’s six elementary schools use Federal funds (Title 1) to provide timely interventions for all students in kindergarten through grade 5 who begin to experience difficulty in the academic area of Reading and Writing. This is done through a school – wide model of targeted interventions called RtII (Response to Instruction and Intervention). The goal of the data-driven RtII model is to provide varying degrees of intervention through a collaborative approach. Identification of students to receive this targeted instruction is based upon results of state and local assessments, benchmark and diagnostic assessments, progress monitoring assessments, and classroom performance. Each elementary building has developed a unique schedule to address student needs when providing systematic, explicit and multi-sensory researched-based intervention lessons.
The District also uses Federal funds (Title I) to provide a supportive reading program for 6th graders in both Lehman and JT Lambert Intermediate Schools. This program, which supplements the students’ general classroom instruction, provides additional support to students who are found to be at-risk for attaining grade level reading proficiency. Students are determined to be at-risk based upon their performance on multiple sources of data, including state and local assessments. Specialists work with small groups of students, providing research-based instruction.