Title I is a federal program that provides funds to school districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children who are disadvantaged to support a variety of services. Its overall purpose it to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments.
RtI is a process for achieving higher levels of academic and behavioral success for all students through: high quality instructional practice, continuous review of student progress (multiple measures), and collaboration.
RtI is a multi-level system of support. Elements of an RtI system include: high quality instruction, balanced assessment, and collaboration, all of which occur through culturally responsive practices. Title I programs work well within RtI:
- High Quality Instruction: RtI can be supported in a Title I Targeted Assistance or a Schoolwide Program
- Balanced Assessment: Students served by Title I funds are those most at risk of failing the state academic standards as identified by multiple assessment measures.
- Collaboration: In a targeted assistance school, Title I teachers collaborate with classroom teachers to identify potential Title I students and to help design classroom interventions to implement with students before they would enter the Title I program. In a Title I schoolwide program, the school community collaboratively develops, implements and assesses their Title I program.
- Culturally Responsive Practices: Title I funds are generated by the number of low income students enrolled at a school. Title I programs must be culturally responsive to positively impact the student achievement of increasingly diverse student populations.
For general questions regarding the coordination and integration of a school’s RtI and Title I programs:
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:
Other RtI Resources:
- Wisconsin RtI Center
- Wisconsin RtI Center Professional Development
- Wisconsin RtI Summit
- SEFEL Pyamid Model
- National Center on Response to Intervention
- U.S. Department of Education, “Implementing RtI using Title I, Title III and CEIS funds”