Hartford Elementary and Humboldt Elementary are Schoolwide Title I Schools
What does this mean, and what is the benefit for the elementary students in the West Central School District?
A schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to ensure that all students, particularly those identified as most at-risk for meeting our state’s academic standards, are given additional assistance in the areas of reading and math.
A schoolwide program may use its Title allocation to upgrade the entire educational program of the school in order to raise academic achievement for ALL students at the school. Intervention services are offered to struggling students without the stigma attached to the Title I student classification. Flexible instructional groups based on assessment data and using Response to Intervention (RtI) continue to allow for specific, targeted instructional practices in all classrooms. School-wide Title I allows for increased differentiation opportunities and support based on student needs. School-wide allows for greater flexibility and more effective use of time.
Any student in grades kindergarten through fifth grade may receive additional services. No student identification of being a “Title I student” is made. While no parent notification of additional services to students is necessary in a School-wide program, it remains important to us that families are communicated with on a regular basis.
School-wide Plans have been written for each building and can be accessed on the school website. These plans will be executed through a concerted effort of all staff in the elementary buildings. The general education teachers, academic interventionists, special educators, and other special services personnel all focus on the individual needs of students.
Additionally, parent involvement is very important in a schoolwide program. In fact, one of the components of a schoolwide program requires the school to employ strategies to increase parental involvement. All parents in a schoolwide program are eligible and invited to participate in parent involvement activities. We believe that active family involvement is essential and is a shared responsibility for the success of each and every student. Our goal is a school-home partnership that will help all students to succeed.
Professional Qualifications of Teachers
Parents/guardians of each student attending a building that receives Title I funds may request and the district must provide in a timely manner, information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers and any paraprofessionals providing services to their child.
In addition, parents/guardians of students attending a building that receives Title I funds will be notified if their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks, by a teacher or a person who is not appropriately certified.