Parent & Family Engagement News

Sponsored by Neshaminy School District Title I December 2022

Dear Neshaminy Families,

December is here and we have had a wonderful start to the 2022-2023 school year! Parent & Family Engagement News is brought to you by NSD Title I. It is published to keep you up to date and informed about what is happening in our district’s Title I programs. This issue is packed full of resources to help parents continue to navigate the academic school year by turning a lens to various topics that guide education and support student achievement: Federal Education Law: ESSA, Title I, PA Core Standards, Curriculum & Assessment, Monitoring School Progress and Parent & Family Engagement at your student's school.


Kimberley Maurizi

Title I Reading Specialist

Walter Miller ES, NSD

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the federal K-12 education law of the United States. ESSA was signed into law in 2015 and replaced the previous education law called “No Child Left Behind.” ESSA extended more flexibility to States in education and laid out expectations of transparency for parents and for communities.

ESSA requires every state to measure performance in reading, math, and science. Each state determines the way students are assessed. Every school in each state must inform parents about their standards and their results.

In this newsletter you will find a link to Pennsylvania’s Core Standards. Additionally, you will find information about school performance at the Future Ready PA Index site. The Future Ready PA Index uses four different approaches in scoring and depicting student progress and performance.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Did You Know About Title I?

  • Under ESSA, Title I is the largest federally funded educational program in the United States.
  • It 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.
  • It provides funds to districts to assist schools with the highest levels of economically disadvantaged children for improving student achievement, staff development, and parent and community engagement.

PA Core Standards

Pennsylvania’s Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics are robust and relevant to the real world and reflect the knowledge and skills our young people need to succeed in life after high school, in both post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.

Click here to view the PA Core Standards at the Pennsylvania Department of Education SAS website.

Curriculum at Neshaminy School District

Neshaminy School District Curriculum is aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards. The standards tell what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level.

Click here to visit our Neshaminy Curriculum website

Assessment at Neshaminy School District

Assessment is a process of evaluating student performance to determine what content and skills have been mastered. Assessment enables school leaders and educators to make informed decisions about instructional practices and effective pedagogical approaches to maximize student achievement levels. Effective assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Well-designed assessments can give valuable information to teachers, parents, and students.

Click here to view Neshaminy's student assessment system.

Future Ready PA Index

Future Ready PA Index, is a comprehensive progress report that provides parents and community members with easy-to-understand information about Pennsylvania schools and student success. Here you can find information about Neshaminy School District and each Neshaminy school.

Click here to visit the Future Ready PA Index website…

Parental & Family Engagement Support

Neshaminy School District has 5 Title I schools (Ferderbar ES, Hoover ES, Miller ES, Schweitzer ES and Twanks ES). We have a Title I Reading Specialist available at each Title I school to assist parents with monitoring and supporting their child’s academic progress between home and school. One of the roles of the Title I Reading Specialist is to provide opportunities for parents to participate in meetings, workshops and activities that will greatly benefit student success. For more information, please contact the Title I Reading Specialist at your local elementary school:

Joseph Federbar ES - Pam Haggerty

Herbert Hoover ES - Joan Brooks

Walter Miller ES Kim Maurizi

Albert Schweitzer ES Kristen Casile

Tawanka ES Andrea Gansor / Beth Smith

The Value of Students Coming to School Every Day

Neshaminy School District Title I

Please feel free to contact Dr. Robert Boffa, Federal Programs Coordinator, at any time with questions, concerns or suggestions regarding Neshaminy School District Title I.

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