On Dec. 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, ESSA. ESSA replaces its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind of 2001 (NCLB). Under this act are the following subsections:
Title I, Part A – Improving Basic Programs
Provides supplemental resources to local educational agencies (LEAs) to help schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families provide high-quality education that will enable all children to meet the challenging state academic standards. The intended program beneficiaries are students who experience difficulties mastering the state academic achievement standards. Title I, Part A (TI) funds are to be expended for programs, activities, and strategies that are scientifically based on research and meet needs (identified in the campus’ comprehensive needs assessment process) that are listed in the Campus Improvement Plan. On Title I campuses, Title I, Part A funds can be used for activities that are part of the Campus Improvement Plan to improve student performance and upgrade the entire educational program. On a schoolwide program (SWP), the amount of Title I, Part A funding on the campus must be supplemental.
Title I activities include: supplemental, researched-based instruction in the areas of reading/ELA, writing, math, social studies and science. Other planned Title I, Part A activities include supplemental parent involvement, professional development, guidance and counseling and transition services. Service delivery methods as chosen at the campus level include: tutorials, small-group instruction, individualized instruction, computer-aided instruction and extended learning opportunities.
The Title I Schoolwide campuses in Leander ISD include:
- Leander Middle School
- Running Brushy Middle School
- Wiley Middle School
- Bagdad Elementary School
- Camacho Elementary School
- Faubion Elementary School
- Giddens Elementary School
- Grandview Hills Elementary School
- Knowles Elementary School
- Reed Elementary School
Local Education Agencies (LEA) Activities
District reserves fiscal amounts to be used at Title I Schoolwide campuses for Title I activities including: parent involvement activities, such as Parent as Teachers program, intervention services to support academic achievement, as well as, providing resources for homeless and foster students.
Title II, Part A
Targets student academic achievement through improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms and qualified principals and assistant principals in the district. The intended beneficiaries of Title II funds are teachers and principals, including assistant principals, and as appropriate, administrators, pupil services personnel, and paraprofessionals.
Title III, Part A
Supports supplemental resources to campuses to help ensure that children who are limited English proficient (LEP) attain English proficiency at high levels in core academic subjects and can meet state mandated achievement performance standards. Intended beneficiaries of Title III funds are LEP students, including immigrant children and youth.
Title IV, Part A- Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant
Overarching goal of this program is to increase the capacity of State education Agencies, State Education Agencies, Campuses, and communities to meet goals around student access to well-rounded education, maintain safe and healthy students and improve the use of technology to advance academic achievement.
Title I, Part C Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Grant
Programs that develop more fully the academic and technical skills of secondary students who elect to enroll in career and technical education (CTE) program