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Title 1

Title 1

Title 1 is a federally funded educational program that supports Title 1 schools in closing the achievement gap between academically at risk students and students who meet academic standards.


Targeted-Assistance School


In contrast to a schoolwide Title I program, Horace Mann is a targeted-assistance school. Title I funds are used in the following ways:  


    • To provide services to eligible children identified by the school as not meeting the common core standards or at risk of not meeting the common core standards.
    • To supplement services that would be provided by state sources in the absence of Title I funds
    • To support instructional strategies that are proven to be effective and strengthen the core curriculum
    • To support parent engagement and parent participation in students’ academic programs


Record keeping is mandated to ensure that Title I funds are spent on Title I eligible students and resources. Additionally, the LEA/, Local Education, Agency, is required to select two measures to use for identification of students to determine eligibility of students in fourth and fifth grade. For 2018-2019, CAASPP, and the STAR 360 assessments will be used to identify students in need of academic intervention.  


Students in fourth and fifth grade who score a level 1 (Standard Not Met) or level 2 (Standard Met) on the CAASPP and on the STAR360 are eligible to receive Title I support.   Teachers in Kindergarten through third grade recommend students for Title I academic assistance and use the STAR 360 and other classroom assessments to support their recommendation.


There must be on-going progress monitoring to track students’ progress, and provide opportunities for students to exit the program at any point during the school year.   To this end, all students will be given the STAR 360 assessment at each reporting period to ensure that students receiving Title I support have the opportunity to exit the program if he/she has demonstrated proficiency in the designated subject area.   This also ensures that new students have the opportunity to receive Title I support if he/she is no longer achieving grade level standards.   At the end of each school year, all students are exited from the program as eligibility must be determined at the beginning of every school year.



STAR 360 2019-2020 Assessment Schedule


Universal Screening- All Students

August 13 – August 30

Title I Progress Monitoring 1

 October 2 – October 16

Universal Monitoring- All Students

December 5 – December 19

Title I Progress Monitoring 2

 March 6 – March 27

Universal Summative- All Students

May 19- June 3

Parental Involvement


Parental involvement policies and parent education opportunities are required components of the Title I program. Parents must accept/decline Title I support offered by the school in writing. Parents have the right to request information regarding the qualifications of the teachers and instructional assistants working with their child. Additionally, we require a signed home-school contract, which is jointly developed with parents.

Parents will receive notification of their child’s progress through the STAR 360 Parent Report.


Title I Services


Title I support must be supplemental, and not supplant core instruction.   For example, a student who receives ELA support cannot leave the class during ELA instruction for remediation with a Title I teacher.   The alternative is to have push-in support provided by a Title I funded employee during the instructional time, or have pull-out support during a non-core instructional time including after-school assistance where the student receives remediation in the designated subject area.


Another example is that a student who receives ELD services cannot replace those services with Title 1 services. An ELD student is entitled to ELD and Title 1 services.


Title I Staff


Credentialed Staff

Cherryne Luesang – District Title I Coordinator

Michele Duffy – Title 1 Teacher/Site Title 1 Coordinator


Classified Staff

Mina Martinez – Title 1 Aide assigned to support the ELD program

Margaret Jarry – Title 1 Aide

Ellie Gabayan – Title 1 Aide


Title I Curriculum/Products


For the 2019-2020 school year, Title 1 has no supplemental curriculum.  The materials being used in the Title 1 classes have been purchased with state funds.  The materials listed below have been purchased with state funds.


Pearson SuccessMaker- a K-8 computer adaptive program for ELA/math


Math Facts in a Flash– Renaissance program


Lexia– an adaptive reading program for students at all grade levels


Read Naturally


Benchmark Advance


It’s important to note that these products/programs follow Title I funding, so if Horace Mann does not qualify for targeted-assistance Title I funding next school year, the products/programs will not be available for Horace Mann students.


Questions and Additional Information 


If you have any questions about the Title I program at Horace Mann, please contact Cherryne Luesang at