Title 1 & Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
What is the Title 1 Program & Learning Assistance Program (LAP)?
Title I, Part A is a federal program designed “To provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.”
Title I, Part A funding can support early learning and Kindergarten to grade 12. The goal of Title 1 is to provide customized instruction and curricula that helps students meet academic standards and take an active, engaged interest in what they can learn and do. Title I, Part A programs build equity of opportunity for children identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state's challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and writing.
The program goals consist of the following:
Provide additional instruction and support to identified at-risk students so they will meet grade level standards.
Provide empowering opportunities for parents and families to support their children's educational progress from birth to twelfth grade.
Catch struggling students early, using research based interventions with fidelity.
Regularly communicate with parents regarding student progress.
Facilitate a smooth transition process between school levels, including support for the process of meeting high school graduation requirements
The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) provides supplemental instruction and services to students who are not meeting academic standards in basic skills areas (reading, writing, and mathematics as well as readiness associated with these skills) as identified by statewide, school, or district assessments or other performance measurement tools.
These services may include academic and nonacademic supports that focus on accelerating student growth to make progress towards grade level and addressing barriers preventing students from accessing core instruction. The intent is for LAP-served students to increase academic growth during the period of time they are provided services.
Who is Eligible for Title 1 Services?
Students are identified for Title I services based on criteria that school has chosen. The services offered are in addition to the core curriculum provided to all students. Eligible students may receive support during the school day, before or after school, or in summer school. The services provided may include:
Pull-out, small group instruction.
In class support (push-in).
Take-home instructional resources
How will I know if my child is receiving Title 1 services?
If your child receives additional academic support, you will be informed by either the reading intervention teacher or your child’s classroom teacher and updated through progress reports, report cards and other communications means. If you have additional questions about your child’s participation in the Title I or LAP program, please contact your school principal, or the Title I/LAP director.
What is a Schoolwide Program & Why do we use it?
Schoolwide means that all students — based on academic need — are eligible to receive the additional instruction. Though the school is not required to identify certain children as being eligible for services or to provide certain students with any specific supplemental benefits, the focus of the program must be on addressing the needs of low-achieving children and those at risk of not meeting state student academic achievement standards. Any school with a poverty average of at least 40% may operate a Schoolwide Program.
Parent & Community Resources
Your Right to Know: Parents of children attending Title I, Part A schools have the right to request and receive information about the qualifications of the teacher and paraprofessionals who provide instruction to students. Parents must also receive a timely notice that their child has been assigned, or has been taught for more than four consecutive weeks by a teacher who has limited state certification/licensure.
OSPI Parents/Guardians Right to Be Informed Flyer- Parents Right to be Informed (www.k12.wa.us)
Citizen Complaint Procedure
Any individual may file a Citizen Complaint with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) if he/she suspects that a violation of a federal rule, law or regulations or state regulations that applies to a federal program has occurred. Such complaints must be in writing, signed by the person filing the complaint, and include contact information of the person filing the complaint. Also, information about the school district, KSD or school service provider believed to have violated a federal law or regulation must also be provided.
Copies of the Citizen Complaint Procedures may be obtained from:
Citizen complaints may be faxed or mailed to:
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Attn: Citizen Complaint-Title I, Part A
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504
Fax: (360) 586-3305