Title I, Part A -- ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)
The purpose of Title I, Part A is to enable schools to provide opportunities for children to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and to meet the standards of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for students in grades 3-8 and the twelve STAAR End of Course Exams for core subjects (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies) in grades 9-11.
Campuses qualify for Title I funding based upon their free or reduced lunch percentage. In Grand Prairie, 29 schools (one high school, one 9th grade center, four middle schools, and 23 elementary schools) qualify for funding. The poverty levels of these schools range from 41% to 90%.
Title I, Part A campuses are either designated as targeted-assistance campuses or schoolwide campuses. All Grand Prairie Title I, Part A Campuses are designated as schoolwide campuses. Schoolwide campuses are able to use Title I, Part A funds to supplement services, programs and activities that impact the entire school population. Campus planning and training must include the Ten Schoolwide Components, listed here:
- A comprehensive needs assessment of the entire school
- Schoolwide reform strategies that provide opportunities for all children, particularly the needs of children of target populations
- Instruction by highly qualified professional staff
- High quality and ongoing professional development for teachers, principals and paraprofessionals
- Strategies to attract high-quality highly qualified teachers to high-need schools
- Parental involvement
- Assisting preschool children in the transition from early childhood programs
- Include teachers in the decisions regarding the use of assessments
- Students who experience difficulty mastering any of the state’s standards will be provided with effective, timely additional assistance
- Coordination and integration of Federal, State, and local services and programs
Funds are primarily used to provide supplemental highly-qualified staff, extended learning time for students, additional materials and supplies, staff development for teachers and family involvement activities.