Title 1 Reading Program
Title 1 is a federal program which provides support to students who fall in the bottom twenty-five percent
of the student population. Title 1 funds are distributed in
Blaine County Schools based upon the number of students
receiving free and reduced lunch. Ask your principal if your
school is a Title 1 School.
Video: Title 1 Services in BCSD
Who is Eligible for Title 1 Support?
Students who score critically below
proficiency on the ISAT or score a 1 (one) on the IRI are
eligible for services. A team consisting of the classroom
teacher, Title teacher, parent, and ESL teacher if applicable,
will discuss the needs of the student and how to best meet those
needs. Parents must review and sign a Student, Parent and
District Accountability Agreement each year.
What Does Title 1 Look Like in Blaine County?
assistance is provided in addition to the regular classroom instruction.
The Title 1 teacher may provide consultation with teachers, support within the regular
classroom, or teach small groups in the Title 1 reading room. Students may receive instruction in fluency, decoding,
comprehension, and/or vocabulary based upon their needs. Math support may be available as well.
The Big Five Areas of Reading Instruction
- Phonemic awareness: Identifying and manipulating individual sounds in words.
- Phonics: The understanding that there is a relationship between the sound of
language and the letters that represent those sounds.
- Fluency: The pace at which an individual reads.
- Vocabulary: Understanding the meaning of words.
- Text comprehension: Gaining meaning and information from the text.
Assessment and Evaluation
- Ongoing assessment and evaluation to monitor student progress.
- Standardized assessment instruments.
- State and District assessments.
- Informal measures of performance.
- Observation of student performance.
How Can Parents Help?
Learning to read is hard work for children. Fortunately,
research is now available that suggests how to give each child a
good start in reading. Becoming a reader involves the
development of important skills, including learning to:
- Use language in conversation.
- Listen and respond to stories read aloud.
- Recognize and name the letters of the alphabet.
- Listen to the sounds of spoken language.
- Connect sounds to letters to figure out the "code" of reading.
- Read often so that recognizing words becomes easy and automatic.
- Learn and use new words.
- Understand what is read.
How Can I Make Reading a Part of Every Day?
Share conversations with your child over meal times and other times
you are together. Children learn words more easily when they hear them
spoken often. Introduce new and interesting words at every opportunity.
- Read together every day. Spend time talking about stories, pictures, and words.
- Be your child's best advocate. Keep informed about your child's progress
in reading and ask the teacher about ways you can help.
- Be a reader and a writer. Children learn habits from the people around them.
- Visit the library often. Story time, computers, and other exciting
activities await the entire family.