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1 Newport News Public Schools Information on Title I Funding E.S.E.A. (Elementary And Secondary Education Act)

2 Purpose of this short presentation: Provide parents and community members with an overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the grant funding received based on this law(formerly known as NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND).

3 What is ESEA? In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act(ESEA) as a part of the "War on Poverty." The #1 priority of this law is equal access to high quality education, high standards, and accountability. The law provides federal funds to education programs that improve learning opportunities for children at risk. In 2002, Congress amended ESEA and passed it as a new law, the No Child Left Behind Act. In 2012, Virginia, along with many other states, was allowed to change how the law is enacted to provide greater flexibility, while not compromising accountability.

4 What is Title 1? Title I is the funding source from ESEA. It provides money to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. Title I funds must be used in schools with the highest concentrations of students from low-income families. Title I reaches about 15 million students in public and private schools throughout the United States.

5 What does it do? Ensures that all students have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach proficiency on State academic assessments. The goal of Title I is to supplement the district s instructional program to support students most at risk of failing the state's challenging performance standards in mathematics and reading. These funds may only supplement not supplant (replace) state/local funds.

6 How the money is spent? First Step (over 50% of NNPS Title I funding goes to its preschool program) Family Engagement Specialists (increase Parent Engagement) $ for Title 1 Schools Provide Reading and Math intervention for struggling students Coordinate instructional program with Title 1 services (ex. transition from preschool) Provide instruction by highly qualified teachers (ex. Reading/math teachers, data coaches, paraprofessionals) Create opportunities for Professional Development Central Office Support

7 Family Engagement We have a shared responsibility among families, schools, and communities toward student learning and achievement. Decades of research show that when parents are involved students have: Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates Better school attendance Lower rates of suspension Decreased use of drugs and alcohol Fewer instances of violent behavior Family participation in education was twice as predictive of students academic success as family socioeconomic status. Parent input is required with how we are providing Title I support (a requirement of the ESEA law). *Beyond Random Acts Harvard Family Research Project; Heather B. Weiss, M. Elena Lopez, Heidi Rosenberg

8 Changes to ESEA in Virginia Virginia s ESEA (NCLB) waiver was approved by USED in early July, It will be in effect for 2 years. Schools in Improvement are no longer required to provide School Choice or SES Tutoring Services. Schools in Improvement design support systems that best match the needs of students at that specific school, with support from the Department of Education.

9 Identification of Schools in Improvement Priority School lowest performing 5% of schools in Virginia (36 schools). There are 3 categories of Schools in Improvement Focus School schools showing the most intensive need of improvement in achievement gaps between different groups of students (72 schools in Virginia. School in Improvement- schools that show need to improve student achievement with at least one group of learners.

10 Sedgefield Elementary was identified as a priority school based on the English and/or mathematics performance on 2012/2013/2014 SOL assessments. Priority Schools MUST: o o o o Partner with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to provide support and structure to the improvement process for 3 years. Develop and implement an intensive improvement plan, monitored by a Turn Around Partner from the VDOE. Provide meaningful interventions designed to improve the academic achievement of students Regularly monitor the effectiveness of the plan, based on students performance in reading and math.

11 Some other things you need to know: Parents Right To Know Teacher Qualifications You are allowed to get information regarding the qualifications of school staff instructing your children in Title I schools. Please contact your school s principal for more information.

12 Teacher Quality and Parent Notification The school division must ensure that Title I schools give you timely notice if your children have been assigned or have been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified (such as a substitute). This applies to ALL teachers, not just those who work in Title I programs.

13 Questions about ESEA or Title 1? Contact your school s principal. Contact the Federal Programs Office

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