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Title I Part A — Targeted Assistance School Programs and Schoolwide Programs


The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 authorizes two distinct program structures under Title I, Part A. They are targeted assistance school programs and schoolwide programs.

Targeted Assistance School Programs

Schools with targeted assistance programs use Title I funds to provide supplemental instructional services for specific students who have been identified as failing, or most at risk of failing, to achieve academic proficiency.

In a Title I targeted assistance school, Title I funds may only be used to provide services to eligible students identified as having the greatest need for special assistance. Eligible students are students who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the Illinois Learning Standards on the basis of multiple, educationally related, objective criteria.

Schoolwide Programs

Schools with schoolwide programs use Title I funds to implement comprehensive strategies for improving the educational program of the whole school in schools with 40% or more poverty to increase the achievement of all students, particularly at-risk students.

In a Title I schoolwide school, Title I funds may be used to provide services to any student.

No later than July 1, 2013, all schools transitioning to schoolwide will do their plan via Rising Star.  Please visit our Title I, Part A Schoolwide Program Page for more information. 

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Program Components

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Contact Information

For technical assistance, please contact the Illinois State Board of Education, Division of Innovation & Improvement at 217-524-4832.