Bethel School District offers supplemental services to qualifying students in the areas of reading, math, and behavior. Our goal is to help all students reach proficiency. Title I and LAP specialists and paraeducators work with individual or small groups of students to provide targeted instruction.
Title I is a federally funded program designed to help students who need extra support in school. Funds are given to each school district dependent upon the number of low-income families in the district. The state sets high academic standards that each child is expected to work toward achieving. The Bethel School District, individual schools, and parents work together to plan programs to help children accelerate their learning. Parents are encouraged to be involved.
There are two kinds of Title I programs. A Title I Targeted Assistance program identifies individual children who need extra assistance in the areas of reading, math, and behavior. Another type of Title I program is a school-wide program. A school can be identified for a TItle I school-wide program when more than 40% of the students particiate in the free and reduced lunch program.
Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) is supported by the state of Washington. LAP programs serve eligible students who need academic support in reading. Schools use their state LAP funds to deliver supplemental instruction in small groups.
Characteristics of Both Programs
Both Title I and LAP programs provide instruction for students that is supplemental to the regular education program. Educational goals are determined for each student and are evaluated frequently through formal and informal assessments. Students are given extra support in reading or math to accelerate their learning. Parents are notified of student progress several times throughout the year.
Parents are encouraged to participate in the creation of the school’s yearly plan for the program, join committees, volunteer at school, attend parent conferences and open house, and to work closely with their child and the teachers. Parents are invited to participate in the planning of the district family involvement events and other parent activities available at their neighborhood schools. A Parent Compact and Parent Involvement Policy are developed with parents and distributed yearly to families.
All of the elementary schools use the Leveled Literacy Intervention program to supplement the basic education adopted reading curriculum.
Title I Accountability
Each school is required to develop a school improvement plan. The plan must show how programs will address strategies to improve student achievement and meet state standards. Improvement plans must incorporate research-based strategies to strengthen core academic subjects.Other components included in school plans are: increase parent involvement, professional development for staff members, measurable goals for continuous improvement. Plans must specify how funds address school improvement status.
Low-performing private school students who live within the Title I school attendance area are eligible for Title I services. Title I eligibility is based on the same criterion used in Title I schools to determine services. Public and private school staff must collaborate on what services and settings are most appropriate and possible. Services must be secular, nonidealogical, and equitable to those provided to public school students. Student academic progress must be reported to the district staff.
Contact:Joan BatesTitle I/LAP TOSA253-683-6938