Federal Grants and Assessment
Federally Funded Programs
Title I is improving the academic achievement of students by ensuring that all children have an equal opportunity to receive a high-quality education and reach proficiency in state standards. These funds are spent helping schools align their curriculum with state standards and improving district progress monitoring and accountability.
The purpose of Title II is improving student achievement with highly-qualified teachers. These funds are set aside to recruit and train teachers and principals with appropriate credentials who are committed to professional development and effective teaching methods. Sometimes that means reforming certification programs so teachers leave college prepared for the classroom; sometimes it is simply providing more funds for operational expenses that attract teachers through higher pay.
Title III funding is used to provide language instruction to children with limited English proficiency and immigrant students. Funding for Title III reaches into the regular classroom, helping students who have not yet mastered the English language to achieve at high levels in all their core subjects.
The purpose of Title IV-A is to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, improve school conditions for student learning, and improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
Currently, Littleton Elementary School District is a Title I district meaning that all seven school campuses receive Title I funds and the district is able to provide programs and interventions to support all students. Title I funded schools can be either targeted assistance schools or school-wide program schools. All schools within Littleton Elementary School District are school-wide programs.
Title I funding can be used to:
- Provide intervention reading and mathematics programs.
- Provide before school, after school, or intersession programs.
- Hire highly qualified certified staff such as reading specialists or instructional coaches.
- Hire highly qualified support staff such as paraprofessionals or parent liaisons.
- Support family engagement by providing parent liaisons and family resource centers.
- Provide professional development for families, teachers, and support staff.
- Purchase supplemental instructional supplies and materials.
Family Engagement and Title I
Littleton Elementary School District believes strongly in parent engagement. Title I schools are required to provide families with policy and program information. Schools inform families by:
- Holding an annual meeting to explain Title I policy and programs.
- Providing families with up-to-date academic information about their children in an easy to understand format.
- Offering families a flexible number of meetings on Title I policy and programs.
- Involving families in the decision making process on how family involvement dollars are spent.
- Providing families with a compact entered by the school, the parent, and the child acknowledging responsibility for student success.
The Curriculum and Instruction and Federal Program and Assessment Departments support the delivery of quality instruction and aligned assessment. The directors work collaboratively with district office and school administrators to ensure research-based instructional strategies are implemented in all district classrooms. In addition to working with school and district administrators, the directors support delivery of instruction by working collaboratively with district content instructional specialists and student achievement coaches at each campus.
The federal program and assessment director works collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders to develop an assessment calendar that includes district and state assessments. The director works with site leaders on the administration of state (AZELLA, AASA, and AzSCI) and district assessments (Illuminate and FastBridge).
Littleton Parent Involvement Policy
The Littleton Elementary School District supports and encourages parent involvement and is committed to bringing quality programs to the children of the district. As such, the district offers the following for parents/ guardians:
- Opportunity for planning, reviewing, and improving the district’s parental involvement policy in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner.
- Annual Title I meeting to be informed of the district’s participation in Title I programs and to explain the Title I requirements and the rights of parents to be involved in Title I programs.
- Information in an understandable and uniform format, including alternate formats upon request of parents with disabilities, or to the extent practicable and upon reasonable request, in a language that parents can understand. These services are free of charge.
- Information in a timely manner about Title I programs that include a method by which parents may learn about the course of study for their children and a review of learning materials, and the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
- Regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children, including attendance, homework, and discipline.
- An individual student report about the performance of their child on the state assessment in at least math, language arts (writing), and reading.
- A timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet appropriately certified requirements.
- Resumes of all current and former instructional personnel available for inspection by parents or guardians of pupils enrolled, maintained at the district office.
Parent’s Right to Know
Under federal Every Student Succeeds Act provisions, all school districts are required to notify parents of children who attend a Title I school that they have the right to request and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers. Specifically, districts must provide the following information:
- Whether the teacher has met state qualifying and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher is teaching.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
- Whether the teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.
- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.