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Title I

What is Title I? 

Title I, Part A is a section of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA provides financial assistance to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015 and reauthorizes the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The purpose of Title I, Part A is to provide resources to schools and districts to ensure that all children have a fair, equitable, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and close educational achievement gaps.

Title I Schools

Two types of assistance can be provided by Title I Funds- schoolwide programs and targeted assistance programs, which allow schools to identify students who are failing or at risk. In 2018-2019, Durango School District 9-R's identified seven (7) schoolwide program Title I schools.

  • Animas Valley Elementary School
  • Florida Mesa Elementary School
  • Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School
  • Needham Elementary School
  • Park Elementary School
  • Sunnyside Elementary School
  • Colorado Connections Academy @ Durango (K-5)
Each of the Title I schools...
  • Provide Interventionist in literacy and Math instruction in order to close the achievement gap
  • Provide small group targeted instruction in literacy and math.
  • Provide professional learning to improve interaction in tier one classrooms
As a Parent of a student in a Title I school, you have the right . . .
  • to know the qualifications of your child’s teacher and will be notified if the teacher does not meet applicable licensure requirements;
  • to know when your child has a substitute teacher for more than four weeks and the qualifications of the teacher;
  • to know how the school is rated by the Colorado Department of Education, based on state standardized test scores;
  • to understand Common Core State Standards as measures by state assessments and your child’s test scores;
  • to expect regular communication with your school in a language you can understand;
  • to work with other parents and teachers to develop a school-level parent compact between school and families;
  • to help plan how money for parent involvement should be spent;
  • to work with other parents, teachers, and the principal in developing a Unified Improvement Plan;
  • to request a meeting with your child’s teacher or the principal at any time;
  • to volunteer at the school, within school and district policy;
  • to join your school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and School Accountability Committee to learn more about school.
Parent Action Plan

These actions help students become more successful in school. To help your student you can:

  • Be sure your child is at school and ready to learn every day;
  • Talk with your child daily about school and homework;
  • Communicate regularly with your child’s teachers (email, voicemail, notes, & conferences);
  • Limit “screen time” - video games, television, computer;
  • Attend school events;
  • Visit/ volunteer in the classroom; and
  • Keep teachers informed about events and issues that may affect your child’s work or behavior.




For More Information:

Student Support Services
Durango School District 9-R
201 E. 12th St. 
Durango, CO 81301


Durango School District 9-R Staff, please visit 9-R Connections- Files-Student Services Forms- Title Programs for valuable Title I resources. 


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