Each of our schools is entitled to access federal funds to support student achievement. There are four federal programs that you have or will want to file to receive with OSPI for participation.
Title I, Part A Closing Educational Achievement Gaps
Title 1 which is all about student achievement and closing the learning gap for students. Schools would identify students in their school who meet the “low-income” standards for families. Those students (no names just M/F, Grade, address) are submitted to the school district for verification that the student resides in a Title 1 school boundary if they went to public school. Once the number of students meeting eligibility is determined then a per student allocation is provided for the school. This amount would be given even if only one child meets eligibility. The funds are NOT given directly to the school but all requests go to the school district to be used by the school for tutoring, supplies or materials teacher professional development and/or family engagement for those students identified as “at-risk.”
Note: If students reside in another school district that district works with you as long as the students meets the eligibility above of low-income threshold and Title 1 school boundary.
Here is the contact information for OSPI: Julie Chace Title I, Part A Private Schools/Equitable Services email@example.com 360-725-6167
Title II, Part A, and Special Programs
Title IIA addresses and can provide funding for training and staff development to school staffs. Districts can use their Title IIA funds to provide professional development for teachers and principals. Activities can be focused around increasing content knowledge or effective instructional practices. Funds can also be used for innovative professional development programs such as those that focus on technology literacy, or those which help and support teacher with effective instruction.
Title IIA offers flexibility to design and implement a wide variety of activities that can promote staff to meet the individual needs of educators based on educator practice and student learning. Professional development opportunities such as understanding and using data and assessments, methods of improving student behavior and/or identifying early interventions can support the development of all school personnel.
- methods of improving student behavior, identifying early interventions, and involving parents
- leadership development and management
- effectively integrating technology into the classroom
Here is the contact information for OSPI: Title II, Part A, and Special Programs contact is 360-725-6340 firstname.lastname@example.org
Title III — Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
Title III which are funds available for qualified ELL students registered with the state (students take the WELPA to determine eligibility). The goal: develop language proficiency that enables meaningful access to grade level curricula and instruction.
A student who meets the following two conditions are eligible: The primary language of the student is other than English; and the student’s English skills are sufficiently lacking or absent as to delay learning. Washington State defines “primary language” as the language most often used by a student (not necessarily by parents, guardians, or others) for communication in the student’s place of residence or the language that the student first learned.
Funds are generated by counting the number of ELL and immigrant students attending the private school located in a participating public school district, regardless of where a child resides. Private schools receive a per pupil allocation for every student who is considered EL or immigrant. Funds may support assessments, professional development, materials, tutoring and family engagement.
Bilingual Education Program contact is Patty Finnegan 360-725-4468 email@example.com
Title IV: Student Support and Academic Enrichment
Title IV which is relatively new funds student support opportunities. The bill title is Student Support and Academic Enrichment (Title IV, Part A) program. It provides funding to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing a school’s capacity to:
- Provide all students with access to a well-rounded education;
- Improve school conditions for student learning; and
- Increase the use of technology to enhance the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
Title IVA funding is based on the Title IA allocation received the previous year.
The list below summarizes examples of how funds for Title IV can be used for each category.
Well-rounded education may include but not limited to
- Promoting programs to teach traditional American history, civics, economics, geography or government education
- Foreign language instruction
- Environmental education
- Volunteerism and community involvement
- Improving instruction and student engagement in STEM
Safe and healthy schools
- Integrating health and safety practices into school or athletic programs
- Training for school personnel including:
- Suicide prevention
- Crisis management and conflict resolution
- School-based violence prevention
- Drug abuse prevention Promoting healthy, active lifestyles
- Preventing bullying and harassment
- Relationship-building instructional programs
- Mentoring and school counseling services
- Bullying and harassment prevention
Effective use of technology
- Provide educators with tools, devices, content and resources to personalize learning and share educational resources
- Use technology effectively in the classroom to inform instruction, support teacher collaboration, and personalize learning
- Build technical capacity and infrastructure
- Procure content and ensure content quality
- Purchase devices, equipment, and software
- Deliver specialized academic courses and curricula
Click here to access the Archdiocesan internet safety policy template.
Here is the contact information for OSPI: Cara Patrick Student Support and Academic Enrichment 360-725-6507 firstname.lastname@example.org
You must have submitted a request last year to OSPI that you wanted to participate in federal programs for the 19-20 school year? This had to be done by April 15, 2019 for the 19-20 school year. If not then accessing funds for 19-20 is not available for your school.
If you have not participated in the past do make contact with our local school district (LEA) and let them know you want to be included for the 20-21 school year. The LEA can assist with the process. Schools have the opportunity to receive thousands of dollars to help students and teachers.