Title I & LAP
What is Title I?
The federal “Elementary and Secondary Education Act” (ESEA) – enacted in 1965 – is the nation’s national education law. ESEA authorizes several state-run programs for eligible schools & districts. Now known as ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), the law works to address the performance gaps between student groups in our schools by offering services & interventions to support struggling learners.
ESSA is aimed at helping students obtain a fair, equitable, high-quality education and close educational achievement gaps. Title I programs and services provide supplemental education assistance that helps students meet our state’s challenging academic standards and assessments, while also taking an active, engaged interest in what they learn and can do.
You have the right to request regular information or meetings about Title I programs. Please contact your school’s principal or the Teaching and Learning Department at any time.
Schools receiving Title I funds (2020-21): Ardmore, Lake Hills, Sherwood Forest, Stevenson, Highland.
What is LAP?
The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) offers supplemental services for K–12 students scoring below grade-level standard in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. These services focus on accelerating student growth to make progress towards grade level and addressing barriers preventing students from accessing core instruction. They may include academic readiness skill development or behavior supports. The intent is for LAP-served students to increase academic growth during the time they receive services.
In the 2020-21 school year, ten Bellevue School District elementary schools receive LAP funds to support literacy. Four high schools and one middle school also use LAP funding to provide Graduation Assistance support to identified students.
How Does Title I Support Our Schools?
Title I funds provide additional supports to help students reach their achievement goals. All Title schools in Bellevue School District are classified as Schoolwide Programs. As a Schoolwide Title I school, all students in the school may benefit from Title funding.
- Every student has access to Computer Science
- Additional staff to support Social-Emotional growth
- Reduction in class sizes
- Supplemental instruction for students
- Additional teacher collaboration time
- Fulltime support for student evaluations & counseling
Additional resources available for middle and high schools receiving Title I or LAP funding:
- Support Classes in literacy or math
- Behavior Supports
- Graduation Success Coaches
Parent and Family Engagement
Students with engaged parents and families are more likely to:
- Learn to read faster
- Have higher grades & test scores
- Be promoted & take more challenging classes
- Adapt better to school & have better attendance
- Have more developed social emotional & behavior skills.
To become an active participant in your student’s education:
- Communicate – Stay informed & respond to all communications from the school or district.
- Set an example – Show your student that education is important by reading & attending parent/teacher conferences & school events.
- Volunteer – Spend time at your student’s school and help with extra-curricular activities.
- Learn – Help your student with classwork, homework, and future education plans.
- Get Involved – Join school/parent organizations, school improvement teams, parent advisory Councils, and other parent committees.
- Collaborate – Participate in parent activities with other families. Know & use local community resources (such as libraries, universities, community centers, etc.) to better identify and access services for your student & family.
You can help your student’s success! For great ideas, tips & parent guides; visit OSPI’s website.
2019-20 Report Cards
The 2019-20 Report Cards for each school can be found on OSPI’s website.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Request for Public Records
If you are a parent of a student at a school receiving Title I funds (Ardmore, Lake Hills, Sherwood Forest, Stevenson, or Highland Middle School), you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and paraeducators who instruct your child. To request this information, please contact the Human Resources Department.