Federal Programs - Title I

General Information

Title I operates as a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The Title I program funds additional academic supports to help economically disadvantaged children meet the same high level of academic proficiency as that which is expected of all children. The major areas of focus for Title I programs are the four core content areas: Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. The needs of Title I schools are identified through comprehensive needs assessments which inform data-driven decisions about research-based instructional strategies and professional learning.

Documents and Resources

Title I, Part A - Disadvantaged Children
Georgia's Title I Handbook
Title I Academic Achievement Programs
Title I Schoolwide Programs
Title I Targeted Assistance Programs
Title I Monitoring

Frequently Asked Questions

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of academically at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as at-risk of not meeting the state’s performance standards.

Currently, the school district provides Title I funding to schools with poverty rates higher than 68%.

The Title I program will provide your student with additional academic support.

The program serves students in Title I elementary, middle and high schools who have demonstrated a need for additional academic support. Each Title I school is identified as a “targeted assistance” school or a “school-wide” school. “Targeted assistance” schools serve students who are most in need of Title I services. “School-wide” schools serve all students to improve the entire educational program.

Title I programs generally offer: additional teachers and/or paraprofessionals; opportunities for professional learning for teachers; additional instructional technology, materials and supplies; increased learning time for students who need additional support; and educational materials and resources for parents.

Contact Information

Tim Smith, Ed.D Executive Director of Federal Programs


Chris Dryman Federal Programs Manager


Joanne Reynolds Program Specialist - Flexible Learning Programs & Private Schools


Angie Blackstock Program Specialist - East Region


Nakia Farley Program Specialist - Central Region


Tanya Kearse Program Specialist - West Region


Veverlyn Ealy Program Specialist - Parenting


Vanessia Jones Finance Specialist


Angela Pugh Finance Specialist