TITLE I/LAP Program Information
Information from OSPI, Title I, Part A Section
Revised January 8, 2018
Title I, Part A is a federal program designed “To provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.” Title I, Part A can support early learning and Kindergarten to grade 12. Title I, Part A programs and services provide customized instruction and curricula that helps these students meet academic standards and take an active, engaged interest in what they learn and can do. As the oldest and largest federal education program, Title I, Part A programs build equity of opportunity for children whose struggles often keep them on the academic sidelines. One-third of the public schools in Washington State operate Title I, Part A programs, providing academic services to over 350,000 students annually.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
ESSA allows states to break down silos in education and permits flexibiility in use of funds to achieve better outcomes for students. ESSA places a strong emphasis on family and community engagement. ESSA directly addresses the opportunity gap many students face, requiring the state's educational system to track data about how students are being served, who is teaching them, and what supports are in place to ensure all students have access to a high-quality education.
This is a plan that puts its focus on student success. It is a critical turning point in our state's educational system, building on our path of innovation and excellence in education for our 1.1 million students. It is the result of more than a year of work, comprising 12 workgroups, a leadership team, and a consolidated plan team.
ESSA plan addresses opportunity gaps in the education system and it works to promote equitable access and opportunity for all Washington students. Our responsibility as educators is to prepare every student - regardless of background, household income, or race/ethnicity - for post-secondary aspirations, careers, and life.
Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
LAP offers supplemental services for K–12 students scoring below grade-level standard in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. These services focus on accelerating student growth to make progress towards grade level. They may include academic readiness skill development or behavior supports. These services address barriers preventing students from accessing core instruction. The intent is for LAP students to increase academic growth during the period of time they are provided services. LAP emphasizes research-based best practices designed to increase student achievement.