Title I

Title I

As a Title I school, Garfield parents have the right to know about their child's teacher and paraprofessional's certifications and credentials. View the Right to Know clause as well as what Title I means to Garfield Elementary School students.





Title 1 is the largest federal aid program for our nation’s schools.  The intent of Title 1 schools and No Child Left Behind is to improve the performance of all our students.  Each state receives a basic grant for the program annually.  The state then sends allotments to school districts based on the number of low income families. Garfield qualifies as a school-wide Title 1 school with a free/reduced lunch count. Each eligible student generates funding for this program.  It allows us to provide extra help to students in reading or math. 


What are Title 1 funds used for at Garfield?

  • Salaries for our Title 1 teachers and para-educators
  • Supplementary books and software
  • Parent education classes and family literacy activities 


Key Elements of the No Child Left Behind Act

  • Highly Qualified: Teachers and paraprofessionals must be highly qualified based on set criteria. 
  • Student Accountability:  Each 3rd-8th grade student is tested on the test called the SBAC in reading and math.  Students who do not meet the standard on the tests are given extra support.  You can find out more information about how we did on the state assessments by going to the OSPI website:   State Report Cards – Olympia School District – Garfield Elementary – AMO.  
  • Annual Measurable Objective:  Each school is given an “Annual Performance Report Card” which tells how successful a school has been in reaching all groups of students. AMOs are unique yearly targets in reading and mathematics for each subgroup, school and district, as described in Washington’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request. AMOs replace the state uniform bar used under Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as prescribed in ESEA. 

Citizen Complaints - Federal Programs

Title I, Part A is a federal program designed “To provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.” Title I, Part A can support Early Learning and Kindergarten through Grade 12. Title I, Part A programs and services provide customized instruction and curricula that help students meet academic standards and take an active, engaged interest in what they learn and can do. As the oldest and largest federal education program, Title I, Part A programs create an equity of opportunity for children whose struggles often keep them on the academic sidelines. One-third of the public schools in Washington State operate Title I, Part A programs, providing academic services to over 350,000 students annually. In the Olympia School District, the following elementary schools receive Title I, Part A funds: Garfield, Hansen, Roosevelt, Madison, and LP Brown. If you would like to file a complaint concerning how the Olympia School District uses Title I, Part A funds, please review the information below.


Complaints Related to Federal Programs
A citizen complaint is a written statement that alleges a violation of a federal rule, law or regulation or state regulation that applies to a federal program.

  • Anyone can file a citizen complaint.

  • There is no special form.

  • There is no need to know the law that governs a federal program to file a complaint.

The following federal programs are part of the citizen complaint process:


Title Programs
Title I, A Programs and services for struggling learners
Title I, C Migrant Education
Title I, D Institutional Education
Title I, G Advanced Placement
Title II, A Teacher & Principal Quality
Title III Limited English Proficient & Immigrant Students — Language Instruction
Title IV, B 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Title VI Rural Education Achievement Program
Title VII Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native Education


File a Citizen Complaint Against a School District, Educational Service District (ESD) or Other School Service Provider (Subgrantee) 
This printable handouts below outline the 5-step process through which a citizen can file a complaint against a school district or other school service provider. 
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Other Resources & Organizations
Who to contact if you have questions related to discrimination and professional practices