Title I, Part A funding allows for supplemental academic intervention during the school day and tutoring after school. The type of services may vary from school to school depending on school student performance data.
Most Title I schools have academic intervention teachers for reading and mathematics. These teachers provide specialized small group instruction to assist students who are not yet proficient on grade level skills. Intervention instruction may be provided in the classroom during small groups or in lab settings. Students are grouped based on performance on assessment data. The teachers differentiate instruction according to the areas of need. Progress is monitored to ensure effectiveness of instruction.
School districts now have flexibility in using Title I, Part A funds for tutoring. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirement to provide Supplemental Educational Services (SES) with private providers has been eliminated. Volusia County replaced the SES program with a district directed program. The new program is designed to have a low teacher/student ratio to provide intensive, customized instruction.
The Students and Tutors Achieving Results (S.T.A.R.) Tutoring program is the district tutoring program. It is an after school program. Students receive instruction from certified Volusia County teachers during two one-hour sessions per week. The program provides 30 hours of instruction at no cost to families.
Eligibility: During the school year, students who meet eligibility requirements in grades 3-12 who attend a Title I school are eligible for tutoring services. The program operates on 41 Title I school campuses across the district.
Instructional Design: Each S.T.A.R. tutoring program session includes 30 minutes of direct instruction from a certified teacher and 30 minutes of instruction on the computer using a web-based program. The computer program provides a diagnostic assessment which yields a detailed report to guide the instructional plan for each student. The diagnostic is adaptive; it adjusts to the correct level for the student depending on the student’s performance on either reading or mathematics assessments. A Student Learning Plan is written to set goals for each individual student. A conference is scheduled between parents and tutors at the outset of tutoring to explain the plan and encourage parent support. Monthly progress reports keep parents informed of their child’s learning.
Program Facilitator: Each site has a program facilitator. The facilitator is a member of the staff at the school site. The facilitator’s role is managing the student enrollment, contacting parents, supervising the tutoring sessions, and assisting tutors. Contact information for the S.T.A.R. school site facilitators is provided under the Resources tab.
Enrollment: Enrollment for the S.T.A.R. program occurs during the months of September and October. Families of eligible students will be notified of the starting date for tutoring. Parents enroll students by returning the notice to zoned school. It is recommended that interested parents respond promptly. The number of students served at each site depends on the number of eligible students, the funding allocation, and the number of available tutors. Schools will put students on a waiting list until openings for tutoring slots are available.
Parent Involvement: Before the program begins, parents of students selected for S.T.A.R. tutoring will be invited to a conference with the tutor or program facilitator to review the student’s diagnostic results and to discuss the learning plan which has been developed. By signing the plan, the parent agrees to ensure the child’s attendance at tutoring and to pick the student up in a timely manner at the end of each tutoring session. Parents are encouraged to review the regular progress reports with the student.
Title I schools offer additional tutoring programs for other targeted groups. Some of these tutoring programs are scheduled on the same days as the S.T.A.R. program or on different days of the week. The program length may vary. Schools may provide special tutoring events on Saturdays. Contact your child’s school to inquire about the tutoring programs available.