Title I Q&A
In an effort to keep you informed, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Title I.
Q Why did I receive a Title I Parent Compact?
A Title I funding is received from the federal government. As part of the requirements to
receive this funding, we must send out a letter annually to all of the parents of Title I
students informing them of their child’s status and their rights as a parent to request
information about their child’s teachers. One of the other requirements is that BVT ask
the parents for their cooperation and support of students in the Title I program, and
pledge to do the same. More information about the responsibilities of BVT, the parent’s
responsibilities, and your student’s responsibilities are included in the compact.
Q Why has my child been chosen as a Title I student?
A If your student is currently a freshman at BVT, we used the results of the High School
Placement Test by Scholastic Testing Service, Inc. your child took upon acceptance to BVT
to help determine eligibility for Title 1. Students who are identified as to who may need extra
supports in the areas of math, reading, and science are scheduled into Title 1 support ed
classes in these areas.
If your child is currently a sophomore, junior, or senior, a combination of factors including
MCAS data, current grades, and teacher evaluations factor into whether or not they qualify
for Title I services.
At the end of every year, the academic departments meet to review the current list of
students to determine if they still qualify. If students no longer qualify, they are removed
from the list. Students who do not qualify as Title I can be recommended for the program
at any point during the school year.
Q Does this mean my child is currently failing or at risk of failing?
A Absolutely not. What Title I qualification means is that at some point in time, there was an
indication that your student may have been at risk or was performing below grade level
(we focus on English, Math, and Science since those are what are tested on MCAS). If they
are currently successful in school, that means we are doing our job correctly! Title I
placement does not change depending on your child’s current grades.
Q Will my child’s schedule change because they are in the Title I program?
A Generally speaking, no, unless they are struggling with the current classes in which they are
enrolled. Your child is currently learning in classrooms that are supplemented with instructors,
aides, or materials that are paid for with Title I funds; there are no separate Title I classrooms.
We make a concentrated effort NOT to single out Title I students.
Q Who knows whether my child receives Title I services or not?
A The state and federal education departments require us to report Title I status on our
quarterly reports. Our Title I Director maintains a database that is used to determine where
funds can best be spent to help students succeed. A list of Title I students is also reviewed
by the academic teachers at the end of the year to determine who still qualifies for
services. This information is kept completely confidential. It is very possible your child is
not aware of their status!
Q What can I do to help my child?
A We love it when parents ask that question!
Encourage your child to read. It is a component of every classroom and shop. The more
they read, the better they will be at reading. Follow up with your child. Ask if they have
homework, and if possible sit with them while they are doing it to provide motivation and
encouragement. Check in to iParent to see current grades, and follow up on missing or
current assignments. Help your child be mindful of his/her grades and assignments. E-mail
teachers if you have any questions about your child’s performance!
Q Where can I get more information?
A If your child is having trouble in their classes, the first step should be to check on their grades
using iParent. Directions for signing onto iParent are available on the BVT website. Talk to
your child and discuss shared concerns. Next contact your child’s teacher to see what the
best course of action would be. Your child’s guidance counselor might also be a good
source of information.
Still Have Questions?
For more information about
our Title I program and services
or to schedule an appointment with
Constance Ward our Title I Director,
call: 508-529-7758 x2534 or