Title I Services
The Lanier County Primary, Elementary, and Middle School are eligible for the Schoolwide Title I Program which allows the school to consolidate and use federal, state, and local funds together to upgrade the entire educational program for all students. Lanier County High School is eligible for Targeted-Assistance Title I Program services. The primary goal is to ensure that all students served through Title I Programs, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on state academic achievement standards. A comprehensive needs assessment is conducted annually by the school stakeholder team and a list of prioritized needs is identified. The team then uses the needs assessment data to develop a plan of action (goals, strategies, timeline) to address the needs. Student achievement data are collected and monitored throughout the year to identify additional needs and to evaluate program effectiveness.
Title I programs must supplement (enhance) rather than supplant (take the place of) the services that participating students would receive if they were not participating in the Title I program. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires schools to report to parents their right to know if their child’s teacher has met the GAPSC requirements for certification for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction and if the teacher is teaching under an emergency or provisional status through which Georgia qualifications or if certification criteria have been waived. Schools are also required to make available to parents the college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher. If a student is provided services by a paraprofessional, parents have a right to request their qualifications. A school that participates under Title I must notify a parent if a teacher who is not highly qualified is teaching their child a core academic content course. Notification is not required for teachers who are not teachers of record for core academic content subjects or for a paraprofessional who is not highly qualified. Information must also be provided regarding the level of achievement of your child in each of the state’s academic assessments. Please contact your child’s principal at (229) 482-3868, the Title I director at (229) 482-3966, or the Title II director at (229) 482-3966 for more details. Visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) website for additional information related to “highly qualified” requirements at www.gapsc.com.
Parent engagement is a primary goal in our school and district. Effective parent involvement activities are planned to ensure that parents are provided opportunities and experiences that enable them to promote high student academic achievement and be involved in the decision-making process as it relates to student achievement. Parents are also involved in the development and review of district and school plans and budgets. Contact the parent involvement coordinator at (229) 482-3966, the Title I director at (229) 482-3966, or the principal at (229) 482-3868 for more information.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was reauthorized under the ESEA to ensure the educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The school and district use the Homeless Act in training staff and as a guide when identifying and determining which students are eligible for services. Copies of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act are available at each school office and at the BOE office. For additional information, contact Cheryl Powell, Homeless Liaison, at (229) 482-3868, the Title I director at (229) 482-3966, or the principal at (229) 482-8247. You may also visit the Georgia Department of Education for information regarding Title I atwww.gadoe.org.
ESEA Flexibility, CCRPI, and Accountability
The Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) requires states to develop a Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), which includes requirements under Georgia’s flexibility waiver. With Georgia’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver, a new accountability measure called College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), replaced Average Yearly Progress (AYP). This will serve as the companion statewide communication and accountability tool for school improvement. Under this new accountability system, Georgia has identified Title I Reward, Priority, and Focus Schools as prescribed by US ED using data from state assessments. State assessments, along with other indicators of success, are used to calculate each school’s CCRPI overall score. Schools that are designated as Priority and Focus are required to offer Flexible Learning Programs (FLP) as an alternative to Supplemental Educational Programs (SES) and School Choice. Priority and Focus must also develop a corrective action plan that outlines how the school will implement the FLP. Parent notification is required describing the school’s status, achievement data, and opportunities for parent involvement. Georgia has specifically identified Priority, Focus, and Reward Schools as follows:
§ Priority School – A Priority School is a Title I school that is among the lowest 5-percent (5%) of schools in the state based on the achievement of all-students group in terms of proficiency on the statewide assessments and has demonstrated a lock of progress on those assessments over a number of years in the all-students group. It can also be a Title I high school with a graduation rate less than 60-percent (60%) over a number of year, or it can be a Tier I or Tier II school under the school improvement 1003(g) grants (SIG) program that is using SIG funds to implement a school intervention model.
§ Focus School – A Focus School is a Title I school that has the largest within-school gaps between the highest-achieving subgroup(s) and the lowest-achieving subgroup(s), or at the high school level, has the largest within-school gaps in graduation rates (within-school gaps Focus School). It can also be a high school that receives Title I funds with a graduation rate less than 60-percent (60%) over a number of years that is not identified as a Priority School (low-graduation rate Focus School).
§ Reward School – A Reward School (Highest-Performing) is a Title I school among the Title I schools in the state that has the highest absolute performance over a number of years for the all-students group and for all subgroups based on statewide assessments and, at the high school level, is also among the Title I schools with the highest graduation rates. A school may not be classified as a highest-performing school if there are significant achievement gaps across subgroups that are not closing in the school. A Reward School (High-Progress) is a Title I school among the 10-percent of Title I schools in the state that is making the most progress in improving the performance of the all-students group over a number of years on the statewide assessments and, at the high school level, is also among the Title I schools in the state that is making the most progress in increasing graduation rates. A school may not be classified as a high-progress school if there are significant achievement gaps across subgroups that are not closing in the school.
Lanier County School System currently has one school, Lanier County Elementary School, designated as a Focus School which indicated a significant achievement gap between the students in the lowest quartile (25%) and those in the highest quartile (25%) in school years 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014, when averaged; therefore, a Flexible Learning Program was required in 2016 and will continue for 2017 school term. Opportunities for parent involvement were made available to develop a corrective plan of action at LCES to address achievement gap improvement for the students in the lowest quartile (25%) at the school. Spring 2014 test data has already reflected some achievement gap improvement for the lowest quartile (25%) of students at LCES; however, the recent 2016 Focus School designation is based on multiple years (2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-2014) of student test data for students in the lowest quartile (25%), reflecting a strong need for sustained improvement in the area of achievement gap closure for this specific group of students. Additional improvement strategies will be identified and implemented in 2016-2017, and expected results include sustained achievement gap improvement for students in the lowest 25%.
Lanier County High School has been selected to receive Title I, Part A funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Targeted-Assistance Title Program will be the method of service for a select group of students at LCHS. This group of students were selected based on their greatest need for special assistance. Eligible students are identified by the school as failing, or most at-risk of failing, to meet the Georgia Department of Education’s challenging student academic achievement standards on the basis of multiple, educationally related, objective criteria established by the LEA and supplemented by the school. There is an academic component in the criteria for selecting these students, in addition more than one criteria measure was used in the selection process. Teacher judgment and other subjective measures were not allowed to be used when selecting students.
In 2012-2013, the NCLB Choice was replaced by the Intradistrict Transfer Option which allows a parent/guardian the option to request a transfer from the child’s school to a school of the parent’s choice within the district in which the child resides. Intradistrict Transfer Option is not available for parents/guardians in Lanier County as there is only one primary school, one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school in the district.
For more information, please contact Title I director (229) 482-3966 Special Education/Student Services Director (229) 482-3966, or the principal at (229) 482-3868. Also visit www.gadoe.org for additional information regarding student achievement/CCRPI, Title I, highly qualified, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and parent involvement.