Title I Schoolwide Programs

  • The Federal Title I guidelines provide for the development of two different types of programs in schools that qualify to receive Title I funds. The first type of program is referred to as “targeted assistance.” In this kind of program, Title I funds may only be used to support those students who have been identified as at risk of failing to meet state standards. This is the default Title I program, meaning a school is automatically a targeted assistance school when it qualifies to receive funds. The second type of program is the “schoolwide program”. Any school with 40% or more of its enrollment receiving Free / Reduced Lunch is eligible to operate a schoolwide program, provided they follow the Federal guidelines. In a schoolwide program, Title I funds are used to improve the educational program for all students.

    District 15 has 12 schools that are eligible to receive Title I funds. Those schools are: Central Road, Gray M. Sanborn, Jane Addams, Kimball Hill, Lake Louise, Lincoln, Stuart R. Paddock, Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Lake, Winston Campus Elementary, Carl Sandburg, and Winston Campus Junior High. All 12 schools operate schoolwide programs. The process for operating a schoolwide program includes the development of a comprehensive plan or description of the program according to ISBE guidelines. The local Board of Education is responsible for reviewing and approving the plan for each school.

    The original schoolwide plans for the 12 District 15 schools were developed under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind laws. With the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), those guidelines have changed, necessitating revisions of all 12 plans. Included in this packet are the plans for Jane Addams, Kimball Hill, Lincoln and Virginia Lake. In subsequent months you will receive the remaining eight plans. You will also find information from ISBE concerning schoolwide plans. As you review each plan, you will notice that they are very similar. This is to be expected for two reasons: first, the demographics of the schools are very similar and therefore the issues they face are also similar; second, all District 15 schools follow best practice when it comes to data analysis, intervention programs, parent involvement, etc.

    Title I guidelines require Board of Education approval once under the new ESSA regulations. Subsequently, the Department of Instruction will review the programs on an ongoing basis and update them as needed.

ESSA - Title 1, Part A

  • Title I, Part A provision requires Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to actively engage parents and families of all students in the development of state and local education plans, school improvement plans, as well as Title I plans (ESSA Section 1116).
    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) places a strong emphasis on the need for districts and schools to actively engage with parents and family members.  Through various measures, teams and committees, District 15 actively works to 
    establish expectations and objectives for meaningful parent and family involvement to improve student academic achievement and school performance; Coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies with other relevant federal, state and local laws and programs; evaluate the effectiveness of the policy in improving quality of Title I schools, including identifying barriers to greater participation by families and the needs of parents and family members to assist with the learning of their children; and, conduct meaningful consultation with parents of participating children, which may include establishing an advisory board to develop, revise and review the engagement policy.