Title I is a federal program of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 that supports programs in schools and school districts to improve the learning of children from low-income families. The U.S. Department of Education provides Title I funds to states to give to school districts based on the number of children from low-income families in each district.

St. Paul Elementary School is designated as a Title I School. St. Paul Elementary School receives additional funding for programs and services designed to improve learning opportunities for eligible students. In addition, Title I schools are required to employ highly qualified teachers in core academic subjects.

St. Paul Elementary School operates a Schoolwide Program, which is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in Title I schools with more than 40 percent poverty.

Parents of Students Enrolled in Title I Schools May Inquire about Teacher Qualifications
The St. Paul School District is committed to providing quality instruction for all students and does so by employing the most qualified individuals to teach and support each student in the classroom. All teachers who teach in core academic subject areas are required to be Highly Qualified.

A “Highly Qualified Teacher” is the term No Child Left Behind uses for a teacher who demonstrates that he or she knows the subjects he or she is teaching, has a college degree, and is state-certified. No Child Left Behind requires that schools hire Highly Qualified Teachers in core academic subjects.

Parents of children enrolled in a Title I School may request information concerning the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher(s) including the degrees held, certifications held, and whether the teacher is certified in the area he/she is teaching. Request for this information may be submitted to the school principal.

Highly Qualified teachers are fully certified and/or licensed by the state; hold at least a bachelor's degree from a four-year institution; and demonstrate competence in each core academic subject area in which they teach. Oregon’s school report cards report Highly Qualified information about your school and district.

Title I schools must notify parents if their child has been assigned, or has been taught for at least four consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the Highly Qualified criteria. Parents also may request information concerning whether their child is receiving instruction by a teacher assistant, and if so, his/her qualifications.