Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides Federal financial assistance to local school districts for programs to meet the needs of students who are below grade level or who are at greatest risk of failing to meet our state’s academic standards. Supplemental instruction is provided in reading, language arts and/or math. Students who are in the greatest need must be served first.
Title I staff and a building team develop a plan for the use of Title I funds. The committee includes, but is not limited to parents of participants, teachers, principals, administrators and school directors. The plans include student identification criteria, planned services and activities, a plan for annual evaluations based on evidence of the instructional program meeting the goals and objectives of the plan and the state’s high standards of participating students, plans for parental involvement and data collection procedures are also required in the plan.
· The South Kitsap School District’s Title I Program uses a balanced approach to teach reading with a strong emphasis on phonological awareness, phonics, word structure, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency strategies.
· Math is taught using diagnostic and prescriptive instruction with many manipulatives.
· Title I allocations are determined by the county’s Federal census and free and/or reduced lunch counts. The program is a poverty-driven model. Schools that are above 41.48% of free and reduced lunch count may qualify for Title I dollars.
Five elementary and schools qualify for Title I funds/school-wide programs:
East Port Orchard, Sidney Glen, Olalla, Manchester and Orchard Heights Elementary Schools. In a school-wide program, all students in the school are eligible for Title I services.
Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
The Learning Assistance Program is a state funded program designed to enhance educational opportunities for public school students who are at risk of not meeting the states academic standards. The program is similar in requirements and services to Title I. Students are served in reading, language arts, and math. The program must serve students with the greatest academic need in basic skills identified by the statewide assessment.
The formula for determining the district allocation is based on poverty factors.
The following schools qualify for LAP in South Kitsap School District:
Burley Glenwood, East Port Orchard, Hidden Creek, Manchester, Olalla, and Sidney Glen Elementary Schools. Also, Marcus Whitman and Cedar Heights Junior High Schools, South Kitsap High School and Discovery Alternative.
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.
Check out the following links or visit the OSPI website for more information.