Federal Programs Summary Guide
Covington County School District
TITLE I - A
Title I, Part A – Improving Academic Achievement - Title I – A provides flow-through funds to local educational agencies (LEAs or school districts) with extra resources to help improve instruction in high-poverty schools and to ensure that poor and minority children have the same opportunity as other children to meet challenging state academic standards.
Accountability Systems, Standards, and Assessments – state accountability systems must be based on required standards and assessments and other indicators and must take into account the achievement of all public elementary and secondary school students.
Assessments must be “valid and reliable” for the state’s purposes, aligned with state standards, and designed so that schools receive “itemized score analyses” that allow educators and parents to use them for diagnostic purposes.
Adequate Yearly Progress – States must define “adequate yearly progress” (AYP) in a way that applies to all student groups, results in continuous improvement, and is “based primarily” on the required state assessments. AYP measures must include “separate measurable annual objectives” for economically disadvantaged, disabled, and LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students, and for students from major racial and ethnic groups.
Accountability – The district as well as schools can be identified as needing improvement for failing to make AYP for two consecutive years and must develop plans parallel to those for schools. The state must take corrective action for districts failing to make AYP after two years of technical assistance.
Equitable Services for Private School Students – Local Educational Agencies (LEAs or school districts) must ensure not only that private school students receive equitable services as compared to those offered to public school students, but also that teachers and families of participating private school students have professional development and parent involvement activity opportunities, on an equitable basis.
TITLE II – A Title II, Part A - provides flow-through grants to LEAs to (1) increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools and (2) hold LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement. Districts’ use of funds must target schools that have the lowest proportion of highly qualified teachers, have the largest average class size or are identified for school improvement. Funds may be used for the following:
· Recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers
· Developing and implementing initiatives to assist in recruiting, hiring and
retaining highly qualified teachers, such as providing scholarships, signing
bonuses, or other financial incentives
· Providing professional development activities that will improve the knowledge
of teachers and principals, and in appropriate cases, paraprofessionals focused
in one or more of the core academic subjects that teachers teach; and effective
instructional strategies, methods and skills
· Developing and implementing initiatives to promote retention of highly qualified
teachers and principals within schools with a high percentage of low-achieving
students, including programs that provide teacher mentoring from exemplary
· Carrying out professional development activities and programs designed to improve
the quality of the teacher force, principals, etc.
· Hiring quality teachers including teachers who become highly qualified through an