About Title I

What is Title I?

Title I is a federal program with a history of providing valuable educational services to millions of children. First enacted as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, President Lyndon B. Johnson ushered the legislation through Congress in 1965.

The Title I program provides additional reading and math instruction to eligible students attending either public or private schools and has become the cornerstone of the federal government’s investment in education.

Through the years the legislation has been revised and reauthorized with various titles. The latest, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), was signed into law in December 2015 by President Barack Obama. The goal is to help students achieve proficiency on challenging academic benchmarks and standards that indicate what students in grades PreK-12 should know and learn in reading and math.

Student progress and achievement are measured throughout the year. Efforts are directed at coordinating what is taught in the student’s regular classroom with the learning occurring in the Title I classroom.

ESSA continues to acknowledge the importance of the partnership between home and school and provides parents with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their child. By fostering the partnerships between home, school, and the classrooms, we insure that the goals Title I sets for our students are achieved.

What is Title I Bypass?

The non-public provisions of the Title I law ensure qualifying private school students receive Title I services equitable to services provided in the public school


Virginia Private Schools

View a list of Virginia private schools where
Title I services are provided
through the VA Bypass


What is NESI?

In Virginia, the Title I Bypass programs are administered by NonPublic Educational Services, Inc.,
known as NESI