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Schoolwide Programs

September 20, 2018
Thursday

A Title I, Part A schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school to improve the achievement of the lowest achieving students. [ESSA section 1114(a)(1)]

Eligibility, Section 1114 (a)(1)(A) & (B)

  • Not less than 40% of the children in the school attendance area are from low-income families, OR
  • Not less than 40% of the children enrolled in the school are from low income families, OR
  • If a school has less than 40% of the children in the school attendance area from low income families, or a school has less than 40% of the children enrolled in the school from low-income families, the school may apply and receive a waiver from the State Educational Agency to operate a schoolwide program.

Developing the Schoolwide Plan

  • To be schoolwide a campus must complete a year of planning
  • An ESC assists and verifies that the year of planning took place
    • One-year planning is required unless it is determined that less time is needed to develop and implement the schoolwide program
  • Remains in effect but shall be regularly monitored and revised as necessary based on student needs;
  • Requirements of a schoolwide program include completing the following:
    • Comprehensive Needs Assessment
    • Comprehensive Plan
    • Evaluate the Plan

Staffing Requirements in Schoolwide Programs

There are specific Title I, Part A staffing requirements for paraprofessionals and teachers. [Section 1112 (e)]

  • All paraprofessionals assigned to Title I, Part A schoolwide campuses must continue to meet federal standards
  • Teachers assigned to Title I, Part A school campuses must meet applicable state certification requirements.

(Texas Education Agency (2017). Title I, Part A Schoolwide Programs Section 1114)

For more information on schoolwide programs please contact ESC-2 Federal Programs staff. 

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