Title I School-Wide Programs
Title I School Sites:
Westpark Elementary School
Rosamond Elementary School
Rare Earth High School
Abraham Lincoln Independent Study School
A Title I school is eligible to become a Title I Schoolwide Program when the poverty level, is at or above 40%, as determined by free and reduced meal counts.
Schoolwide programs have great latitiude to detrine how to organize their operations and allocate the multiple funding sources available to them. They do not have to identify particular students as eligible for services or separately track federal dollars. Instead, Schoolwide programs can use all allocated funds to increase the amount and quality of learning time. In this way, they can embrace a high-quality curriculum, according to comprehensive plan that ensures all children meet the state's chalenging academic standards.
Schoolwide programs serve all children in a school. All staff, resources, and classes are part of the overall Schoolwide program. The purpose is to generate high levels of academic achievement in core subject areas for all students, especially those students most in need. This purpose is achieved through:
• High quality instruction
• Comprehensive reform strategies and methods that are based on the use of scientifically based research
• Strategies and methods to improve teacher quality and professional development
• Consolidated use of funds
Core Elements of Schoolwide Programs:
• A school operating a schoolwide program must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment that identifies the school's strengths and challenges in key areas that affect student achievement.
• The school must develop a comprehensive schoolwide program plan that describes how it will achieve the goals it has identified as a result of the needs assessment.
• The school must evaluate annually the outcomes and the plan's implementation to determine whether the academic achievement of all students, and particularly of low-achieving students, improved, whether the goals and objectives contained in the plan were achieved, and if the plan is still appropriate as written.
Annual Evaluation and Planning Process
A Schoolwide school must annually develop a Single School Plan for Student Achievement and evaluate the impact of services on student achievement. The planning process must involve all staff, parents and community members in the implementation and evaluation of the Title I Schoolwide Program.
All staff in a Schoolwide school, including teachers and paraprofessionals, must be highly qualified.