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Title I, Part A is a federal grant program designed to give educational assistance to students living in areas of high poverty. This program originated in 1965 when Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and was reauthorized in 2001 with the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act. In December 2015, ESEA was again reauthorized as Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) under President Obama.

Title I, Part A is one of the oldest and largest federal programs supporting elementary and secondary education in existence, and over 90 percent of the school systems in the United States receive some sort of funding. The purpose of Title I, Part A is to ensure that all children have fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments.


Schools enrolling at least 40 percent of students from low-income families are eligible to use Title I, Part A funds for school-wide programs that are designed to upgrade their entire educational programs for all students, particularly the lowest-achieving students.

There are 12 Title I schools located within the Portsmouth Public School division:

Title I schools can choose to implement a School-wide Program or a Targeted Assistance Program. Here in Portsmouth Public Schools, Title I schools use the school-wide program.

School-wide Program means the following:

  • The school uses Title I funds to upgrade the entire educational program of the school.
  • Title I funds are used to serve all children to raise academic achievement.
  • Title I funds will be used to provide additional assistance to all students who experience difficulties in meeting the State’s performance targets.
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