Title 1

Purpose of Title 1

                Title 1 is a federal program that provides opportunities and resources to enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the state academic standards.  Title 1 funds are used to improve instruction for students by providing resources, professional development for teachers, and additional support personnel.  Title 1 also coordinates services with other educational services and health and social services programs.  Title 1 schools are required to development plans for using the funds allocated.  DMS develops a School-wide Title 1  plan each year with the school’s Title 1 Planning Team facilitating the process with parents, teachers and community members being given opportunities to provide input. 

 Components of the DMS Title 1 School-wide Program

·         A needs assessment of the entire school is conducted before the Title 1 plan is
      developed.

·         The Title 1 Planning Team develops the Title 1 plan after receiving input from parents, 
       community members, and teachers.

·         School-wide reform strategies targeted at improving learning of students is developed.

·         Instruction is provided by highly-qualified staff as directed by No Child Left Behind     
      legislation.

·         Professional development for staff is conducted on a continual basis for the purpose of
      improving instruction.

·         Activities and workshops are provided to increase parent involvement in the school.

·         Transitional programs are developed to assist students and parents transitioning from
      elementary school to middle school
and from middle school to high school.

·         Teachers are trained and required to analyze assessment data to plan and improve
       instruction.

·         Activities are included in the Title 1 plan to ensure that students with learning difficulties
      receive the needed assistance.

 Parental Involvement

                Parent involvement is a very important part of the Title 1 program.  A strong connection between the home and school is a key element in student success.  Opportunities for active parent participation in the school includes Open House, parent workshops, School-Home Compact, home visits as needed, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), parent –teacher conferences, monthly newsletters, and more.  The No Child Left Behind legislation requires the school to use a portion of its Title 1 funds to support parent involvement. Parents are asked to contact the DMS Parent Liaison, Valerie Scott, with any comments or suggestions regarding the school’s parent involvement opportunities.

 Parent Involvement Policy and Home-School Compact

                The Parent Involvement Policy explains how the school plans to work with parents to review and improve parent programs and describes how parents can participate in planning these programs.  The Home-School Compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the way in which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help students achieve the state’s academic standards. 

                The DMS Parent Involvement Policy and the Home-School Compact are developed by the Title 1 Planning Team with input from parents.  Before putting these two documents into place, parents are allowed to review a draft of each document at the beginning of the school year and provide suggestions regarding changes and additions.  The Title 1 Planning Team uses the input from parents to develop the final version of the Parent Involvement Policy and the Home-School Compact.  The final publication of both documents are sent home to all parents and posted on the school’s website in early October.

 Parent’s Right to Know

                As a parent of a child attending a Title 1 school, federal law allows you to ask for information regarding your child’s classroom teachers and requires DMS to give you the information in a timely manner.  The following information can be shared with parents:

·         whether your child’s teacher is certified to teach the subjects and/or grade levels the
      teacher is teaching,

·         whether the teacher’s certificate is a waiver or substandard certificate,

·         the teacher’s academic major, graduate degrees, if any, and

·         the teacher’s certification area.

If you would like to receive this information, please contact Judith Lambert at 398-3398 or the Darlington County School District Personnel Department at 843-398-5100.

Description & Explanation of Curriculum, Forms of Academic Assessment and Proficiency Levels for Students

                DMS provides students with a high quality curriculum based upon South Carolina’s academic standards.   All curriculum and instructional programs at DMS are designed to meet the identified needs of all students.  Questions regarding curriculum and instruction can be answered by contacting your child’s teacher or one of the Coordinating Teachers, Mrs. Lynette Blackmon and/or  Mrs. Sherone Hough.

                The Palmetto Achievement of State Standards (PASS) assessment is given to all students at DMS and measures student performance on the state academic standards.  The ITBS/COGAT are nationally norm- referenced tests administered to seventh grade students.  To monitor student progress throughout the year, all students are given teacher-prepared assessments.  Benchmark tests are given at the end of the first, second, and third quarters to assess student mastery of academic standards in ELA, math, science, and social studies.  The Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test is given three times a year in reading and math.  MAP provides information regarding academic growth of students along with strengths and weaknesses in student learning.  All assessment data is made available to teachers for the purpose of planning instruction to meet the needs of students in their classes.

                Based upon requirements of No Child Left Behind legislation, all students in grades three through eight are expected to score “Met” or “Exemplary” on PASS by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

 Title 1 Expenditures for 2009-2010

                DMS receives Title 1 funds to supplement the regular school budget to aid in reaching the “Met” or “Exemplary” status for all students by 2013-2014.  These funds provide additional staff, materials, technology, professional development and other resources to enhance classroom instruction.  The  DMS Title 1 Plan outlines the spending of Title 1 funds received by DMS.  A copy of the Title 1 Plan for reviewing purposes is located in the school’s main office and in room 140 (Title 1 Office).  A brochure outlining the current year’s plan for spending is located in the Parent Resource Center in the main office and on the school website.

 Complaint Resolution Procedures

                If a parent has a complaint regarding Title 1 at DMS, he/she should contact either Ms. Judith Lambert, DMS School Improvement Project Coordinator or Mrs. Carlita Davis, Principal at 398-5088.  If the school fails to respond to the complaint, parents can  contact Mrs. Emily Lunn, Director of Federal Programs at 398-5100. 

                The State Department of Education (SDE) has the authority to hear complaints and appeals regarding  Title 1 and other federal programs.  The following procedures should be followed when making a complaint to the SDE.

·         File a Title 1 complaint  within thirty days of receiving the decision by the school district.

·         Complaint and appeals must be made in writing and must contain a statement indicating
       the violation, the facts on which the statement is based, and the specific requirement of
       law or regulation allegedly violated. File the complaint/appeal at S.C. Department of
       Education, 1429 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

·         The SDE will confirm receipt of the complaint within ten business days and will conduct
       an investigation to determine the merits of the complaint.  A final decision regarding the 
      complaint will be issued within sixty days, except under exceptional
circumstances that
      warrant extension.

·         The final decision of the SDE may be appealed to the Secretary of the U.S. Department
      of Education.