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Federal and Special Programs

Title programs are federally-funded program that provides supplemental educational service for eligible public and non-public school students. Services are designed to help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet academic performance standards of the IPS district and state. These services help provide support to schools in an efficient, effective and timely manner in order to enable schools to address the needs of their students and staff.

Targeted Assistance School

The term “Targeted Assistance” signifies that the services are provided to a select group of students who have been identified as failing, or most at risk of failing to meet the State’s challenging content and student performance standards.

Schoolwide School

A schoolwide program permits a school to use funds from Title I to upgrade the entire educational program of the school in order to raise academic achievement for all the students. A school can become a Schoolwide School only after completing a comprehensive planning process. 

Becoming a Title I Schoolwide School

  • You need to complete an Indiana State Department of Education (IDOE) application and submit it to the Title I Office for review and submission to the state.
  • IDOE selects the schools to participate in the year long planning process.
  • The principal and selected teachers will be required to participate in planning workshops throughout the school year.
  • IDOE Title I Office will determine, after the yearlong planning process, if schools qualify to become schoolwide schools.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

The previous version of the law, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, was enacted in 2002. NCLB represented a significant step forward for our nation’s children in many respects, particularly as it shined a light on where students were making progress and where they needed additional support, regardless of race, income, zip code, disability, home language, or background. The law was scheduled for revision in 2007, and, over time, NCLB’s prescriptive requirements became increasingly unworkable for schools and educators. Recognizing this fact, in 2010, the Obama administration joined a call from educators and families to create a better law that focused on the clear goal of fully preparing all students for success in college and careers.

ESSA includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools. Below are just a few. The law:

  • Advances equity by upholding critical protections for America’s disadvantaged and high-need students.
  • Requires—for the first time—that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.
  • Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students’ progress toward those high standards.
  • Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators.
  • Sustains and expands this administration’s historic investments in increasing access to high-quality preschool.
  • Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.

Additional Reference

Title Programs Resources and References

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