Title I, Part A

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Title I, Part A is a federal program that serves the unique needs of children, kindergarten to grade 12, who struggle to learn. Title I programs and services provide customized instruction and curricula that help these students meet academic standards and take an active, engaged interest in what they learn and can do. As the oldest and largest federal education program, Title I builds equity of opportunity for children whose struggles often keep them on the academic sidelines. A school-wide model is used in all VPS Title I, Part A–funded schools.

Our school-wide programs take the form of a comprehensive reform strategy designed to improve all educational programming. The primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, meet and exceed the learning goals defined by state academic standards.

Schools that receive Title I, Part A funds and use the school-wide model must complete these four reform strategies:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment.
  2. Identify goals and strategies that address those needs.
    • Commit to putting the strategies into action and meeting related goals.
  3. Create a comprehensive plan.
  4. Conduct an annual review that evaluates the effectiveness of the school-wide program.
    • Revise the plan as necessary.
The students, parent/guardians and educators of nonprofit, private and religiously affiliated schools approved by the Washington State Board of Education are eligible for benefits provided through several major federal education grant programs. Washington statutes and regulations state that a “private school” is a nonpublic school conducting a program consisting of kindergarten and at least first grade or any or all of first through 12th grades. Minimum standards of health, safety and education also are defined.

These services and other benefits must be comparable to the services and other benefits provided to public school students and teachers participating in the program, and they must be provided in a timely manner. These equitable services can provide a valuable supplement to the core programming and professional development private schools make available.

To ensure equitable participation, the school district or other entity receiving federal financial assistance must assess, address and evaluate the needs of private school students and teachers; spend an equal amount of funds per student to provide services; provide private school students and teachers with an opportunity to participate in activities equivalent to the opportunity provided public school students and teachers; and offer services that are secular, neutral and nonideological.

Parent participation in regular, two-way, meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities contributes to helping students achieve high academic standards.

To support a partnership among the school, parents and the community, each district and school assisted by Title I, Part A funds must:

1. Provide assistance to parents of children served by the school or district in understanding topics such as state academic standards, local assessments, monitoring a child’s progress and the requirements of Title I, Part A.

2. Provide materials and training to help to work with their children to improve academic achievement.

3. Educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of parent contributions.

4. Coordinate and integrated parent involvement programs and activities with other school and community resources (example: school’s parent resource centers, Head Start).

5. Ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities are in a format and, to the extent practical, in a language parents can understand.

6. Provide reasonable support for parent involvement activities.

VPS has a parent involvement policy (P6410) and parent involvement regulation (R6410). The policy and regulation also can be picked up at the district office or any Title I school’s office.


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