Originally Posted by GranoLLLy-girl
As mentioned, Title 1 refers to the number of free and reduced lunches. I work for a school that is 95% free and reduced lunch. We are a Title 1 school. About 25% of the schools in our entire school division are Title 1---but you would be surprised--Title 1 doesn't always equal low test scores. Some of our schools are making AYP and beyond and doing great! Also, not all the schools in our division are Title 1--in fact, most of the schools are NOT Title 1 and are in very exclusive communities.
No, I'm not surprised. I've been really happy with our school. I was listening to some friends of friends saying how when they were looking for a house, they knew they would end up in a good school district by looking for the one with the lowest free/reduced lunch population. I think it is a pretty widespread stereotype that a high free/reduced lunch population = a bad school, dumb kids and uninvolved parents. We do have our share of uninvolved parents but they sure aren't all from the free/reduced lunch group!
I did find out some more info on the title 1 funds at our school. We are considered a school-wide title 1 school but most of the title 1 teacher's time is spent with small groups that include "at risk" learners. But the teachers do help assess the progress of all students and work with the classroom teachers to provide instruction.
I'm glad I finally figured all this stuff out! I never thought much about it before.