Title I

The mission of Title I, a federally funded program, is to assist educationally disadvantaged children from low income areas with their basic skills. To achieve this goal, instructional support is provided to students either in the classroom or in a small group intervention model. Basic skill areas which may be addressed are reading, writing or mathematics. Grade levels and skill areas are determined by individual building plans that are developed each year. The Title I program in Shoreline is designed for elementary students in kindergarten through grade six at five of our elementary schools: Briarcrest, Echo Lake, Lake Forest Park, Meridian Park and Parkwood Elementary Schools.

Title I is governed by state and federal guidelines. The program provides remediation for children from low income school attendance areas. School selection is determined by the percentage of children receiving free or reduced priced lunches. Test scores indicating below grade level academic achievement serve as the placement criteria for students.

Title I supplements regular classroom teaching. A student’s needs are diagnosed by selection and pretests, formal and informal diagnosis. The students are instructed by certified teachers or by instructional assistants under the supervision of a teacher.  For additional information, call the building principal or the Special Programs Office, at 206.393.4117.

 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 started with a lofty goal: Every student was to pass every state test in reading and math by the year 2014, no matter what their school passing rate was in 2001. To make sure they were on track to meet that goal, schools reported annually whether or not they had made adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward meeting the 100 percent pass rate on time.

We’ve come a long way since 2001. The number of students passing their state tests has increased significantly.

But as our nation moved closer to 2014, it became apparent that a 100 percent pass rate was unrealistic. Although scores were improving, more and more schools were not meeting AYP because the percentage of students needing to pass the tests increased each year. Many people considered reporting AYP meaningless, because so few schools could meet it.  Most states, including Washington, applied for waivers from AYP. Our state was granted a waiver during school years 2012-13 and 2013-14. During those years, Washington was given the flexibility outside the AYP system to identify schools that needed the most help and target funding to schools with the highest need.

State test scores and graduation rates continued to rise. Despite our continued success, the U.S. Department of Education did not renew our waiver for the 2014-15 school year. They denied the waiver because the Washington State Legislature did not pass a bill to require teacher/principal evaluations to include student growth on state tests, when appropriate. The use of student test scores as part of the teacher evaluation system is a federal requirement to keep an AYP waiver.

NCLB requires OSPI to inform parents/guardians of students about district performance. Shoreline has been identified as a district in improvement because the district did not meet AYP for two consecutive years in English language arts. You can find specific AYP data used to make this decision at http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?groupLevel=District&schoolId=115&reportLevel=District&orgLinkId=115&yrs=&year=2012-13.  If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact Lynn Ashenbrener in the Title I office at (206) 393-4117 and a hard copy of the report will be provided. 

As a Title I, Part A district in improvement, we are required to institute the following:

  • Write an addendum to our District Improvement Plan. We must consult with parents and school staff when writing the District Improvement Plan Addendum, which will include information on how we plan to use Title I and other funds to improve student achievement. We will post the approved District Improvement Plan on our Web site. (www.shorelineschools.org).  If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact Lynn Ashenbrener in the Title I office at (206) 393-4117 and a hard copy of the report will be provided. 
  • Reserve at least ten percent of our annual Title I allocation to provide professional development for teachers and administrators.
  • Continue to provide assistance to schools identified in Step 1–5 of school improvement.

How can parents help their school and district improve?  Here are some suggestions to help you work with your school and district to support improvements:

  • Learn more about the NCLB requirements and become aware of strategies to improve student academic achievement. Additional information and resources are available at the following Web sites:
  • Talk with district staff about the District Improvement Plan and the program changes that must be made to help students meet the state standards in English language arts and mathematics.
  • Visit your child’s school. You also may participate in voluntary activities to assist your school.
  • If you are a parent of a student who attends a Title I, Part A school in improvement (Step 1-5), ask about school choice options to transfer your child, with paid transportation, to a public school in your LEA that is not identified as a Program Improvement school.
  • If you are a parent of a student who attends a Title I, Part A school that is in Step 2-5 of school improvement, ask about supplemental educational services (SES) that may be available for your child. Supplemental educational services are tutoring services provided outside of the regular school day for eligible students.

Public School Choice (PSC)

Beginning with the first year of improvement schools must offer public school choice — a provision of the federal Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA) that offers families an alternative to keeping their student in a low-performing school. PSC is a program unique to schools that operate a Title I, Part A program.

Year Eligible Shoreline students (PSC)
Participating Shoreline students (PSC)
2007-08 0 0
2008-09 0 0
2009-10 526 4
2010-11 0 0
2011-12 480 12
2012-13 0 0
2013-14 0 0

 Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

In step 2 of a school improvement program, the district must offer opportunities for additional instruction -- supplemental educational services -- designed to increase academic achievement. SES are unique to schools that operate a Title I, Part A program, and available to students whose families qualify as low income and who rank as lowest-achieving.

Year Eligible Shoreline students (SES)
Participating Shoreline students (SES)
2007-08 0 0
2008-09 0 0
2009-10 0 0
2010-11 0 0
2011-12 0 0
2012-13 0 0
2013-14 0 0

 

 Learning Assistance Program (LAP)

The mission of the state-funded Learning Assistance Program (LAP) is to help students in grades kindergarten through twelve with basic skills, with a focus on literacy support for grades K-4. 

The LAP program in Shoreline provides remediation in the areas of reading (grades K-4) and mathematics. (grades 7-12). Grade levels and skill areas are determined by individual building plans which are developed each year. Test scores indicating below grade level academic achievement serve as the placement criteria for students. Placement is prioritized because class size is limited.

LAP supplements regular classroom teaching. Student needs are diagnosed by selection and pretests, formal and informal diagnosis. The students are instructed by certified teachers and supervised para-educators in small group settings.  For additional information, call the building principal or the Student Services Office, at 206.393.4117.

 Title I/LAP Parent Involvement

Title I and LAP programs both encourage parents, schools and communities to work together to gain maximum achievement for all students.

Activities that support parent involvement include family game workshops, family reading nights and parenting classes. Parents are also encouraged to volunteer at school and to participate in educational activities with their children at home. 

 Links

Please view the Links page for more information about the basic components of reading instruction and reading assessment, math activities, as well as Shoreline's Title/LAP teachers.

 Title I/LAP Program Staff

Ellen Kaje, Ph.D. - Director of Title I/LAP, ELL and Highly Capable Programs
Lynn Ashenbrener - Student Services Specialist

Title I/LAP Department Phone: (206) 393-4117
Title I/LAP Department Fax: (206) 393-4219