TITLE I COMPLIANCE TOOLKITS FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS 

Parent/Family engagement is a required component of schoolwide planning. One of the more specific requirements for family engagement is the Annual Open Meeting. Each year, Title I schools are required to host an Annual Open Meeting during the first month of the new school year for parents/families to learn about and become involved in the Title I program.

Each Title I, Part A school must jointly develop, with parents of children served under Title I, Part A, a written School-Parent/Family Compact, as a component of its Parent/Family Engagement Policy. A school-parent/family compact is a written agreement between the school and the parents/families of children participating in Title I, Part A programs that identifies the activities that the parents/families, the entire school staff, and the students will undertake to share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. 

In support of strengthening student achievement, each district and school that receives Title I, Part A funds or services must jointly develop, with parents of children served under Title I, Part A, written parent/family engagement policies that contain information required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These policies establish the district’s and school’s expectations for parent/family engagement, describes how the district and school will implement a number of specific parent/family engagement activities, and is incorporated into the district’s plan submitted to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. 

Parents’ Right to Know consists of two main requirements: (1) The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires Title I schools to notify each parent in the school whose child is being taught for four or more weeks by a teacher who is not licensed, regardless of whether or not the teacher is being paid with Title I funds; and (2) Districts must notify the parents of students attending Title I schools that they may request and the district must provide (in a timely manner) information regarding the professional qualifications of students’ classroom teachers.

Each year Title I programs are required to hold an Annual Review, consisting of a formal meeting, and to send correspondence of this meeting to participating Title I parents. The purpose of this meeting is to review all the components of the Title I program. The following items are discussed and evaluated during the annual review meeting:  10 Schoolwide Components,  Title I Budget, Student Assessment Data, and Other pertinent Data. A representative sampling from a school’s staff (teachers, instructional assistants, administrators), as well as any other interested/involved staff members, attend the Annual Review Meeting. Parents do not have to be invited to this meeting; however, parental and family input should come through the review of the annual assessment on parental and family engagement.