Cordata Elementary School

Special Edition - Title 1 School Update - November 2018

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Title 1 Program Information

Did you know that Cordata Elementary is a Title I school? Title I federal funding is allocated to schools based on the amount of students who receive free or reduced school lunches. We are one of six schools in Bellingham that receive this funding. Title I funds at our school pay for our outstanding K-5 literacy intervention programs to support students who need extra help learning to read and write with proficiency. The salaries of our literacy intervention teachers, Emily Revard, Alex Brede, Carrie Vining and Michelle Hornof, as well as instructional assistance time from Janet Johnson, come from this funding. This summer, Title I funds paid for a summer reading program, sending books to qualifying students to help them continue their practice reading over the summer. Throughout the year, we use Title I resources to support our school improvement plans. If your child qualifies for or exits from Title I intervention support, our Title I staff send written notification. These programs include small group instruction with programs such as Leveled Literacy Intervention, Barton, Wilson, and Read 180. If you have any questions about this wonderful program or would like to request a meeting, please call 360-676-6461.

Teacher and Professional Qualifications

Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications: In compliance with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Cordata Elementary School would like to inform you that you may request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s) or instructional paraprofessional(s).

A. The following information may be requested for teacher(s):

1. Whether the teacher has met Washington teacher certification requirements for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.

2. Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which Washington qualifications or certification criteria have been waived.

3. The college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher.

4. Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

B. The following information may be requested for instructional paraprofessional(s):

Paraeducators that work in schools that operate a Title I, Part A program must have a high school diploma or GED and completed the following:

1. Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education; or

2. Obtained an associate’s or higher degree; or

3. Pass the ETS ParaPro Assessment. The assessment measures skills, and content knowledge related to reading, writing and math;

4. Completed previously the apprenticeship requirements and must present a journeycard 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.

Required Notification: Citizen’s Complaint Process

It is a requirement that we inform families of the formal complaint process for resolving issues of violation of a Title I Federal regulation. If you have a concern with Title I services and/or regulations we encourage you to contact your child's Title I teaching team, your school's principal and/or the district's Title I office (676-6542). You can also access the Citizen's Complaint Process through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Olympia. Forms are available in the office and the links below have all of the information for filing a complaint through OSPI. Information can be found at http://www.k12.wa.us/TitleI/CitizenComplaint.aspx

Family Engagement Policy

You may view our Title 1 Family Engagement Policy by clicking on this link.


We value your input! As a parent of a child who received Title I services in our school, you have the right to give input about our parent engagement policies and activities. Attached is our school’s parent engagement policy. Please let us know what you think! What do you like about it? What would you like to see changed? What would you like us to consider adding? Send your comments and input with your child to school or email Principal Analisa Ficklin at Analisa.ficklin@bellinghamschools.org