Prevalence of Title I schools

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is providing weekly maps and data dashboards to highlight relevant statewide education statistics for EducationNC, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news source aiming to create a bipartisan, statewide conversation about public schools. Learn more about this new initiative here.

This week's EdMap allows you to explore the prevalence of Title I schools by district.


This week’s map looks at the percentage of schools that receive Title I funding. Title I is a federal program that provides financial assistance to districts and schools with high numbers or percentages of students from low-income families. The goal of the program is to help ensure all children meet state academic standards.

Around 1,300 schools in North Carolina receive Title I funding, or a little more than half (53 percent) the schools in the state. At the district level, the range of Title I participation is wide, from less than 20 percent of schools to 100 percent in a few districts. You can view districts within a specific range by using the slider bar in the upper right hand corner of the map. 

Districts with the highest percentages of Title I schools are located in more rural areas of the state, specifically the southeast and northeast regions.  In many of these districts, more than three quarters of schools receive Title I funding.

Urban and suburban districts tend to have lower percentages of Title I schools. The lowest concentrations of Title I schools are found in the Charlotte-area suburban counties of Union and Cabarrus.

It is also important to note the actual number of Title I schools in each district, which you can see if you hover over a district on the map. Rural districts often have fewer schools overall than urban and suburban districts. So even though urban and suburban districts may have lower percentages, the number of schools receiving Title I funding in those districts is often higher than in rural districts with high percentages.