Learning Assistance Program (LAP)

    The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) is a state funded program to bring supplemental academic support in reading to identified students in grades sixth through eighth. The goal of this program is to accelerate the achievement of struggling students to grade level. Students may receive program support during the school day. Students are identified for the program when their reading scores are below grade level on state and district assessments.

    Bethel School District middle schools use the READ180 Universal intervention. This program is research-based and allows for individualization of the curriculum for students. It provides teachers with the opportunity to work on specific reading skills with small groups of students. Additionally, students practice reading skills during an independent reading rotation and work on a software program individualized for them in the student application rotation.

    Schools that receive LAP funds must write a building PIP (Parent Involvement Plan). This plan is a purposeful, specific list of activities and communication vehicles specifically designed to keep parents of students in the program apprised of their student’s progress and ways parents can support reading at home. “When schools, families, and communities groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer and like school more,” A New Wave of Evidence Report, 2002.


    Here some things you can do to be involved in your child’s education:

    • Visit your child’s classroom and/or attend school events.
    • Keep updated on your child’s progress.
    • Check your child’s grades and attendance on line
    • Make sure your child attends school regularly and is on time each day.
    • Serve on committees
    • Attend conferences




    Meg Goad
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