Adoption Date: 7/13/2005
8000 - Instruction
Elementary and Secondary Instruction
8260 Title I Programs and Services District-Wide Parental Involvement
SUBJECT: TITLE I PROGRAMS AND SERVICES DISTRICT-WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
The Board of Education may apply for Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) funding for projects designed to meet the unique educational needs of educationally deprived children.
All Title I programs shall include input from parents of public and private school students who participate in Title I programs in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of such programs. The District shall encourage the participation of parents of students who partake in Title I programs in the education of their children, and to that end, the District shall:
a) Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, inviting all parents of participating children to attend, to inform parents of their District's schools' participation in Title I, its requirements, and of the parents right to be involved. The District shall explain the reasons for such participation, as well as the specific instructional objectives and methods of the program, a description and explanation of the curriculum being used, the forms of assessment used to measure student progress, and the expectations for student achievement.
b) Provide the necessary support, including technical assistance and coordination necessary to assist its participating schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement.
c) Involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner in planning, review and improvement of Title I programs and the policies affecting the program, particularly in regard to the parental involvement component.
d) Conduct workshops for parents to inform parents how the program will be designed, operated and evaluated, and to describe and encourage the role of parent involvement.
e) To the extent practicable, fully involve parents of participating students who lack literacy skills or whose native language is not English.
f) Coordinate and integrate parental involvement into other program areas (e.g., Head Start, Even Start, Parents as Teachers Program, the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters and state-run preschool programs).
g) Train parents, teachers and Principals to build a partnership between home and school and to work together effectively, including the development and implementation of a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, school staff, and students will share responsibility for improved student achievement.
h) Support parent efforts, including training where practicable, to assist students in understanding program requirements and the efforts to complete school and homework.
i) Provide parents with their children's individual assessment results in a manner that is understandable to parents.
j) Respond to parents' suggestions in a timely manner, and include parent comments regarding their lack of satisfaction in the District's Title I plan.
k) Conduct other activities, as appropriate and feasible, to help parents become full partners of and in the education of their children.
l) Conduct an annual evaluation, with the involvement of parents, of the content and effectiveness of this policy to determine the effectiveness in increasing the participation of parents and to identify barriers to greater participation.
Prior to adoption and implementation of this policy, it shall be shared, discussed, reviewed by and with parents of participating students for their response, comments, and recommendations.
Upon this policy's adoption, this policy shall be distributed to parents of participating students, and shall be reviewed annually at the meeting held for the benefit of all parents of participating students.
The District shall assess annually, through consultation with parents of participating students, the efficacy of the parent involvement program as described in this policy, particularly in terms of increasing parent participation and the identification of barriers to greater parent participation such as being economically disadvantaged, disabled, of limited English proficiency, limited literacy, or any racial or ethnic minority background.
Comparability of Services
The School District shall ensure equivalence among the schools in the District of the same grade span and levels of instruction with regard to teachers, administrators and auxiliary personnel as well as equivalence in the provision of curriculum materials and instructional supplies in Title I programs.
Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of
1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
20 United States Code (USC) Section 6301 et seq.
34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 75