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Title 1 Site Navigation Program Improvement Title I Programs home Title I Homepage Other Title I Programs Schoolwide Programs home Targeted Assistance Programs

Student Selection

When selecting students for Title I services, you must choose criteria that are objective, education-related, and uniformly applied to all students. Selection must be based on multiple criteria which means more than one criterion.

Each local educational agency chooses its criteria to determine Title I student selection. The criteria should be designed to identify disadvantaged student most in need of receiving supplemental assistance. Title I teachers determine their own caseload or number of students they serve, however, Title I services need to be sufficient enough to enable each child to make progress.

You should have a worksheet that you use to compare your criteria for each student in order to determine who will receive Title I services. After all data has been collected, students must be ranked in priority order according to greatest need for services. If you are able to serve all students that are selected for Title I services, you should write that information on your student selection worksheet. The worksheet should list each of the criteria that you use.

Economically disadvantaged, learning disabled, or LEP and migrant students must be selected on the same basis as all other students. These students can be served, but only if their selection is based on the same criteria as everyone else. Also, if a new student moves into the district, he/she must be selected and ranked using the same criteria as the other children. Even if he/she received Title I services in another school, he/she must still meet your criteria for student selection before receiving Title I services.


  • Sample #1 PDF icon -- Student Selection Worksheet with 3 Criteria 1. Reading Report Card Grade 2. Reading Book Test 3. Teacher Referral (Using an Objective Teacher Referral Form)
  • Sample #2 PDF icon -- Student Selection Worksheet with 4 Criteria 1.Reading Report Card Grade 2. Teacher Referral (Using an Objective Teacher Referral Form) 3. Reading Book Test 4. Sight Word List
  • Sample #3 PDF icon -- Student Selection Worksheet with 4 Criteria 1. Report Card Grades 2. Classroom Teacher Assessment 3. Previous Title I Services 4. Standardized Test Score
  • Sample #4 PDF icon --Objective Teacher Referral Form
  • Sample #5 PDF icon -- Reading Teacher Referral Form Lower Elementary
  • Sample #6 PDF icon -- Reading Student Selection Worksheet at the High School Level
  • Sample #7 PDF icon -- Reading Student Selection Worksheet at the Upper Elementary Level
  • Sample #8 PDF icon -- Reading Student Selection Worksheet at the Middle School Level
  • Sample #9 PDF icon -- Reading Student Selection Worksheet at the Lower Elementary Level


Sample Math Student Selection Tools


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