Dr. Scott Smith, Assistant Superintendent
The federal Title I program provides funds to public schools with at least a 35% enrollment of children from low-income families. The program is intended to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards. Staff development and parent involvement are key components of the Title I program. About half of North Carolina’s traditional and charter public schools and all of the state’s 115 school districts receive Title I funding. The program was established by the federal government’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act in 2001 and is now regulated by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For more than a decade, both Park View Elementary School and South Elementary School operated highly successful Title I programs providing targeted assistance to K-3 students, with a focus on early intervention to improve reading skills. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, Park View and South both transitioned to operating school wide Title I programs, which offer greater flexibility in offering services to all enrolled students. The K-3 Title I program continues to focus on literacy as the key to success in later grades.
Beginning in 2015-2016, Title I school wide services were expanded to both Mooresville Intermediate School (MIS) and East Mooresville Intermediate School (EMIS). Title I funds enable the schools to provide enhanced literacy instruction and remediation tutoring to students at risk of failing to meet the North Carolina’s end of grade performance standards.
The district is extremely proud of the exceptional performance of all of its schools. For 2016-2017, MGSD ranked 5th in the state based on its overall grade level proficiency of 70 percent, which is more than 10 percentage points higher than the state average. When combining all End-of-Grade (EOG) reading, math, and science scores for grades 3 through 8, the district ranked 8th in the state, led by strong performances in 6th grade, which ranked 2nd in math and reading, and 3rd grade, which ranked 5th in math and reading. MGSD’s strong academic performance clearly demonstrates the value of the district’s focus on early intervention, a key component of which is the Title I program.
To view performance of MGSD schools on the state’s ABCs of Public Education, please click this link: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/src/.