Title I Programs
Title I is a federally-funded program that offers assistance to students in the area of Reading and/or Math. Title I funding is based on the poverty level within the school.
Our Title I programming utilizes highly qualified teachers and tutors provide extra help in the areas of reading and math for students who score below the proficient levels on State mandated Achievement Tests, classroom assessments, observational surveys, iREADY assessments in reading and math, and/or teacher referral.
All Geneva Area City School buildings K-12 qualify for a Title I School-wide Program. The Geneva Area City Schools serve students in all buildings serving students K-8: Austinburg Elementary (K-5), Cork Elementary (K-5), Geneva Platt R. Spencer Elementary (K-5) and Geneva Middle School 6-8). We do not have Title I services in the 9-12 Geneva High School. This means that all students in these buildings of service, K-8, are considered Title I students. That does not mean that all students will receive extra help; however, it gives our staff more flexibility in helping all the students if and when a student may need help. Our staff will still identify the students most in need of help, and they will be our priority, but any student may receive an extra boost if needed.
The Geneva Schools invite and welcome all parents to take an active part in their child’s education. The district has many opportunities for parents to engage with staff and for staff to engage with them. The district has regularly scheduled parent involvement meetings relevant to Title I and these can be found on the parent links on the right side of this page. Parents are also encouraged to obtain a district access key” for the school parent portal. This provides a real time look at your child’s grades and assignments for all scheduled classes. Parents may also communicate with the teacher via this program, or call or email. The School-Parent Compact provides a cooperative plan for meeting your child’s educational goals. Parent input in program planning is important. Please take the time to complete the short surveys for Title I programming at your child’s building. This data helps in evaluating our program and future planning. Parents needing special accommodations. If you are disabled and require special accommodations to access your child’s building, communicate with the school staff, or complete the online surveys, please contact your building principal and accommodations can be made to ensure your access.
Each student and their parent/guardian at our 4 schools where Title I programs exist should sign a School/Parent Compact. This document will be kept on file by your student’s classroom teacher. The purpose of this document is to ensure that the school, parent/guardian and student all have an active role in the student’s education.
Please take a few minutes to read your section of the compact, check all or any of the areas you feel comfortable doing at home with your child, sign, date and return this document to your child’s classroom teacher as soon as possible. We send 2 copies of the compact home. Parents are to sign both copies and keep one copy at home for their records.
Please review the rest of the Title I page on our district's website that has additional information and links to resources that you can use at home with your child. You may also download copies of the grade and building specific compacts from our website
(All documents links are on the left side of this Title 1 Programs page.)
If you have any questions about the Compact, please contact your child’s classroom teacher. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
How We Serve Students In Reading and Math
K-8th grade students served by Title I programming receive both small group instruction in Reading Math within the small group instructional rooms and instruction by teachers and Title I funded tutors in their classroom depending on the specific identified needs of the student. Each student’s learning is regularly assessed in math to better and more effectively guide our interventions with the student. The district utilizes scientifically researched-based strategies and best practices to better ensure student success in learning.
How We Gather Input To Guide The Title One Program
The Title I program gathers input from teachers, students and parents through annual surveys. In addition, parents annually should receive a Title I compact and program introduction letter. The purpose of the school-parent compact is to build and foster the development of a school-parent partnership to help all children achieve the State's high standards. Responsibility for improved student achievement will be shared by parents, students, and teachers. (SEE "Parent Surveys' in the menu on the right side of this page)
Parents Right to Know
As a Title I school we are required to notify every parent that they may at any time request from the principal information regarding the professional qualifications of their student’s classroom teachers. We are required to and will provide you a notice in a timely manner if, for some unforeseen reason, your child ever is assigned to be taught by a teacher who is not properly certified or licensed to teach the course. Under federal guidelines, this notification will occur if such a situation is longer than 4 weeks.
Principals: Amy Burzanko, Austinburg School; Julie Gustin, Geneva Platt R. Spencer School; Melissa Doherty, Cork School; Alex Anderson, Geneva Middle School
The school district utilizes the iREADY assessment and progress monitoring system in K-8 reading and math classes for all students. The iReady system is a benchmark and progress monitoring system based on direct, frequent and continuous student assessment reflecting the Board adopted Ohio Common CORE Standards. The results are reported to teachers and administrators via a web-based data management and reporting system to determine response to intervention.
Achievement tests aligned with the Ohio academic content standards and model curriculum, designed to measure a student's level of knowledge or skill in a specific subject area that is expected at the end of a designated grade and/or is required as part of the Ohio graduation requirement. These are referred to as state assessments that include AIR new generation assessments in grades 3 through 8 and End of Year Exams (EOY) at the high school level. These tests are required under ORC 3301.13.
In grades K-5, students may be given diagnostic tests in reading and math. The reading and math diagnostic assessment is aligned with Ohio academic content standards and model curriculum, designed to measure student comprehension of academic content and mastery of related skills for a relevant subject area at each grade level, kindergarten through three, as defined in R.C. 3301.079. The results are utilized to plan instruction for students in those content areas. The assessment results are available to and shared with parents and students.
Parents may choose to have their child “opt-out of testing.”
Parent Notification of Assessments
The Geneva Area City School District receives Title I-Part A funds. It is required that the District notify the parents of each student attending a Title I-Part A school that the parents may request, and the district will provide to the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding any State or district policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by section 1111(b)(2) and by the State or district, including a policy, procedure, or parental right to opt the child out of the assessment, where applicable.
The assessment schedule and information can be found by clicking the link below.
Board Title I Policy 2261 can be accessed through the website under Board of Education tab