In Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), the Title I, Part A grant is part of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction.is one of several grants facilitated by the Office of Title I. The Office’s responsibilities include providing coordination and a common focus for additional grant programs such as the Focus Schools Grant.
The office is charged with implementing Title I, Part A under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and serves as the bridge to connect programs and assist with systematic school improvement. Those improvement efforts call for self-evaluation, strategic planning, and effective use of research based practices and resources to increase student performance and close the achievement gap.
The goal of the Office of Title I is to provide customized support to identified schools impacted by poverty for the purpose of implementing and monitoring the requirement of ESSA. We accomplish this by providing technical assistance to support the following objectives:
Title I Programs
There are two types of Title I program models, schoolwide and targeted assistance, allowed under ESSA. During the 016-2017 school year, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) operates 48 schoolwide schools and five targeted assistance schools.
A schoolwide program focuses on comprehensive reform strategies designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school; its primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on state academic achievement standards.
A targeted assistance program focuses its services only to a specific group of eligible students. The term “targeted assistance” indicates that educational services are provided to an identified group of students to increase student achievement for those students receiving targeted services.
Title I Focus Schools
Focus Schools are ten percent of all Title I schools having the largest gap between the "all students" subgroups and the lowest performing subgroup or a Title I eligible high school with graduation rates 60% or lower. The Baltimore County Title I Focus Schools are as follows:
Title I Priority School(s):
Priority Schools are 5 percent of all Title I schools that are the lowest achieving on MSA or Tier I or Tier II School Improvement 1003(g) Grant (SIG) schools. These schools have not reached adequate performance standards in reading and mathematics for the “all students” subgroup, not just for low-performing subgroup populations. Schools or local education agencies have the option to use one of the USDE approved “turnaround models” or they can develop their own measures to implement in order to improve the school’s instructional program. If a school chooses to use its own model, it must address a number of turnaround principles including strong leadership, effective teachers, and instruction, additional time for student learning, school instructional programs, a safe school environment, and family and community engagement. Priority School are identified every three years. The Baltimore County Title I Priority School is:
BCPS Title I Central Programs
Title I provides funding for tutoring in reading and mathematics to academically needy students attending eligible private schools in Baltimore County. Consultation between private school officials and the BCPS Title I office occurs on a regular basis to implement the most effective program. Program effectiveness is determined annually using the results of students’ performance on milestone assessments.
The Office of Title I provides funds to the Good Shepherd Center, The Mann Residential School, Children’s Home, Board of Child Care, and Villa Maria. These institutions use Title I funds for public school liaison positions that serve as school advocates for the children residing in the institutions, tutoring services, instructional supplies, in-home interventions, therapeutic mentors, and summer programs.
Title I funds support a liaison to coordinate the district’s program for homeless students. Also, McKinney Vento funds support the Homeless Program in BCPS.
The Office of Title I provides funds to ABC program. ABC is a school-based family involvement program for parents/caregivers and their young children, birth to four years of age. For more information, please visit them at
Office of Title I Staff
105 W. Chesapeake Ave., 4th Floor
Towson, MD 21204
Dr. Felicia Lanham Tarason, Director
Ganiyat Bennett, Fiscal Assistant III