Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, authorized by the Every Student succeeds Act (ESSA), offers financial assistance to schools and local educational agencies with a high percentage of children from low-income families. Title I ensures all children meet state academic standards to ensure every student succeeds.


Some of the highlights of the ESSA include school-based mental health programs, language adding services for non-instructional supports like counseling services and school sensory screenings, behavior and mentoring supports, and emotional and social learning for student needs.


What can the funds from the Title I program be used for?


Funds from the program can be used to provide positive behavioral interventions and supports for students, to counteract and prevent bullying, to improve attendance, to improve school-based mental health programs and more.


The goal of ESSA is to ensure that schools have the ability to provide strategies and programs to improve students’ academic and non-academic skills.


What can a Title I guidance counselor provide my students?


Through ESSA, you may be able to use funds for a state-licensed, insured and background-cleared school guidance counselor. Through the program, your guidance counselor can:



    • Provide counseling services for students and families


    • Conduct classroom observations upon referral to identify potential problems


    • Conduct screenings for emotional or behavioral issues


    • Provide written feedback to the administration, teachers, or parents


    • Meet with teachers to review areas of concern at the start of the school year or before parent conferences


    • Meet with teachers to review progress and recommend changes at the end of the school year


    • Collaborate with administrators, teachers, social workers, parents, and community health personnel to plan strategies that would help students be successful


    • Organize a comprehensive counseling program


    • Assist parents in obtaining the services they need for their children


    • Conduct programs related to conflict resolution, social skills, and anti-bullying



Looking for Title I guidance counseling services?


If your school or educational agency is in need of Title I guidance counseling services, you’re not alone. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s most recent data on participation in the program during the 2015-2016 school year, more than 55,906 public schools used Title I funds to offer academic support.


Based on your enrollment, your school may be entitled to a guidance counselor with United Testing Services through Title I funds that are authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act. For more information about your eligibility, contact United Testing Service today.