Falmouth Public Schools Supplemental Education Services
About Title I
Title I, Part A (Title I) of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA outlines how the federal government provides financial assistance to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state. These funds are used to support students demonstrating difficulty in achieving grade-level curriculum goals in the areas of English/Language Arts and Mathematics. Currently, four of our elementary schools receive Title I funds: East Falmouth Elementary School, Mullen-Hall Elementary School, Teaticket Elementary School, and Morse Pond School. Title I program brochures are revised annually.
Title I Comparability Statement
Comparability is an annual requirement for the district to be eligible to receive Title I, Part A funds. To demonstrate comparability on an annual basis, Falmouth Public Schools Office of Teaching & Learning oversees the computation of the ratio of students to total instructional staff at each school within a grade span. School enrollment is based upon the October SIMS report and instructional staffing is based on the October Education Personnel Information Management System (EPIMS) report.
The Office of Teaching and Learning will perform the comparability demonstration calculations using the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education comparability instructions and forms. When a school receiving Title I funding does not meet comparability, state and local resources that are provided to the school will be adjusted to bring the school into comparability with the other schools at the same grade- span. The Director of Teaching and Learning and Director of Finance and Facilities partner to make staff adjustments. The Comparability demonstration is completed each fall so that any necessary adjustments in staffing can be in place by November 30 to get schools back into a comparable position to avoid Title I financial sanctions.