Title I Newsletter

Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School

What is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)?

The Every Student Succeeds Act: What is in it? What does it mean for equity?

Title I Facts

  • Title I is the largest federally funded educational program in the United States.
  • Provides supplemental funds to assist schools with the highest student concentrations of poverty to meet school educational goals.
  • Title I is designed to help students achieve proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards.
  • Title I schools with percentages of low-income students of at least 40% will qualify for Title I funds.
  • Provide funds to districts in order to assist schools with the highest levels of economically disadvantaged children for improving student achievement, staff development, and parent and community involvement.

Your Right to Know

Professional Qualifications of Teachers and Paraeducators

Parents of children attending Title I, Part A schools have the right to request and receive information about the qualifications of the teacher and paraprofessionals who provide instruction to students.

Teacher Qualifications

For teachers, at a minimum, the information given to you must explain these three essential

components of an educator’s qualifications. Whether the student’s teacher–

  • Has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
  • Is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
  • Is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.

Paraeducator Qualifications

In the Title I, Part A program, paraprofessionals must work under the supervision of a certified teacher. In schools like Martin Luther King, Jr. that operate a Schoolwide program, all paraeducators must meet professional qualifications.

To meet Title I, Part A program requirements, paraeducators must have a high school diploma or GED and must have:

  • Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education; orObtained an associate’s or higher degree; or
  • Obtained an associate’s or higher degree; or
  • Passed the ETS ParaPro Assessment. The assessment measures skills and content knowledge related to reading, writing and math;
  • Previously completed the apprenticeship requirements, and must present a journey card or certificate. The portfolio and apprenticeships are no longer offered for enrollment; however, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will continue to honor this pathway.

Title I Supported Programs at Our School

School Counselor

Our school counselor, Mrs. Garza, provides Social Emotional Learning instruction, supports small groups of students with similar needs, works with individual students in collaboration with their parents and helps to connect families with community resources.

Data Specialist

Our Data Specialist, Mrs. Gomez, provides program data management and on-site technology support.

Instructional Facilitator (IF)

MLK's IF, Mrs. Mandrell, provides support and training for staff members who provide instruction to students.

Professional Development

Title I funds are used to provide teachers with ongoing professional development and collaboration time so that they are well equipped to meet the needs of the students they serve.

Information on State and Local Assessments

Parents must receive information on each assessment required by the state and district. This information must include:
  1. Subject matter assessed.
  2. Purpose of the assessment.
  3. Source of the requirement.

If information is available, LEAs and schools must provide (including posting on their websites):
  • Length of time expected and schedule for the assessments.
  • Time and format for disseminating results.

Information on State or Local Educational Agency (LEA) Policy–Student Participation on Assessments

At the beginning of each school year, the LEA must notify parents that they may request (and the LEA will provide) information regarding any state or LEA policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by Section 1111(b)(2), and by the state or LEA. The information must include a policy, procedure, or parental right to opt the child out of such assessment, where applicable. [ESSA Section 1112 (e)(2)(A)]

Why is State Testing Required?

School districts and communities are different across the state. Families have the right to know how their child is progressing toward college and career readiness. Districts need to know if the curriculum they have chosen to teach their students to meet the state learning standards is working, or if they should make adjustments. State testing is required by state law (RCW 28A.230.095) and federal law (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). Learn more about why testing is required at Assessment’s Frequently Asked Question Website: www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/FAQ.aspx

The Value of Students Coming to School Every Day


Parental and Family Engagement: Supporting the Academic Success of Children

Learning at home | UNICEF

Please visit our new Title I website for a detailed look at:

  • Our District Annual Report Card
  • Parents’ Right to Know: Student Achievement Reports
  • Parents’ Right to Know: Timely Notice of Limited State Certification and Licensure
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