TITLE 1, Part A and LAPOverviewTitle I is a federal grant program designed to give educational assistance to students performing below grade level, especially students of poverty. Over 90% of the public school districts in the country receive some sort of Title I funding. Funding comes through our state education agency (OSPI). As of August 2017, Title funds are received by La Conner Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. Funds are used to improve student achievement in core academic subjects, and spending items can include extra staff, professional development, materials, parental involvement activities, extended learning opportunities, and other efforts to improve student performance. Students in other categorical programs (English Language Learners, Special Education, Title III, and others) are eligible for Title I services provided they meet the qualifications.How Students QualifyAll of the Title I programs in La Conner are Targeted Assistance. That means that students qualify are found eligible through multiple measures as they are placed in a Title program. La Conner uses the state test (SBA) whenever possible and one other measure such as the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress). Parents must be notified of this placement and given the opportunity to opt out.Parental InvolvementParents influence their child's success much more than any school delivered program. We encourage your active involvement to:1) Serve as a role model, showing your student that you support his/her education2) Assure that you are aware of your student's educational progress, and demonstrating how important that progress is to you.3) Teach your student that your input at the school is appreciated and that you support its efforts.You can involve yourself in the school through activities such as joining school/parent organizations (PTA), supporting extra-curricular activities, volunteering at the school, attending parent-teacher conferences, communicating regularly with your child's teacher(s), and other activities. Students enrolled in a Title I program and their parents, are invited to sign a compact outlining the responsibilities of each party. Further, parents of students in Title I programs must be provided information about the teachers' and paraeducators' endorsements and qualifications if requested. If you have a concern or complaint about your child's Title I services we encourage you to contact the district. (Andy Wheeler can be reached at (360)466-3171.) If your complaint is unresolved you may access the Citizen Complaint procedure for the state at http://www.k12.wa.us/TitleI/CitizenComplaint.aspx.You can find the LCSD parent involvement policy athttps://www.lcsd.wednet.edu/cms/lib/WA01001184/Centricity/Domain/104/4000s/4130%20Title%20I%20Parental%20Involvement.pdf.Educator QualificationsYou can also have the right to ask for a teacher's or paraeducator's qualifications. Information for a teacher will include at least:1) Whether the teacher has met WA teacher certification requirements for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.2) Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which WA qualifications or certification criteria have been waived.3) The college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher.4) Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.Paraprofessionals must work under the supervision of a certified teacher. You can learn how a paraprofessional is deemed qualified.District PerformanceYou can learn about district performance most succinctly on the OSPI site. For full information you can go to:the state report card. Change the request from Washington State to La Conner School District, and then you can sort by school.Andrew Wheeler is the LCSD coordinator for both Title I and LAP programs. He can be reached at (360)466-3171, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
LEARNING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: This state funded program provides options to help underperforming students. At least half of the LAP basic allocation must be spent in the reading program in grades K-4. Other areas of LAP funding include math, behavior, credit retrieval, school readiness, and transition to high school. For more information on the LAP program, visit the OSPI site. Students must qualify for LAP services with multiple measures, as they do for the Title I program listed above. Jenny Mortenson is the LAP teacher at the elementary school.As with Title I, family involvement is encouraged.