Fayetteville-Perry Schools continue to have a Title I Reading program. Title I is a segment of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that is funded by the U. S. Congress. Title I first originated in the early 1960’s and has undergone a lot of changes over the years. Funding is distributed through the Department of Education and is based upon several factors of the school district. All 620 school districts in Ohio receive Title I funds, and many non-public schools also receive funding for children who are eligible.
Students whose reading skills are below grade level are given first priority to receive Title I services. Students’ reading ability is measured by a reading skills screener administered to all K-5 students in the fall. These scores, along with teacher recommendations are used to determine which students are eligible to receive Title I. Students in grades K-1 complete the Star Early Literacy Test, a computer based test given at least three times a year to all kindergarten and first grade students. Students in grades 2-5 and beyond are given the Star Reading Assessment. This is administered at least five times during the school year. DIBELS is another instrument that may be used to monitor students' reading progress. In addition to these assessments, students in grades 3-5 are also required to complete a state reading assessment.
Students who are selected for Title I receive intensive remediation with phonics and reading skills for 30 minutes each day. To improve students’ reading ability, Title I teachers and/or paraprofessional aides use research-based interventions, such as the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction, Assisted Reading, Repeated Reading, the RAAC program, etc… Students’ progress is closely monitored, and based on the data collected, interventions may be adjusted as necessary.
Parents are an important part in helping each student to achieve reading success! Parents working with their children at home accelerate the growth of students’ reading skills at school. We want to thank parents for working with the school and for all the help you give to your children. For any questions or comments feel free to contact Michael Kidd or Becky Vaughn, Title I instructors, or Jeri Earley, elementary principal at 875-2083.