Title I, originally enacted in 1965 as part of the war on poverty to help the most disadvantaged students, is the largest federal investment in elementary and secondary education to date. Title I federal funding helps improve teaching and learning in schools with the highest concentrations of poverty (based on the number of free/reduced lunch students at the school) to help them meet challenging state academic standards.
MILFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT
POLICY 1002 PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
In support of strengthening student academic achievement, Milford School District receives Title I, Part A funds and therefore must jointly develop with, agree on with, and distribute to parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy that contains information required by Section 1116(a)(2) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The policy establishes the Local Education Area’s (LEA) expectations and objectives for meaningful parent/family engagement and describes how the LEA will implement a number of specific parent/family engagement activities, and it is incorporated into the LEA’s plan submitted to the Delaware Department of Education.
The Milford School District agrees to implement the following requirements as outlined by Section 1116 of the ESSA:
The school district will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the engagement of parents/family members in all its schools with Title I, Part A programs. These programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents/family members of participating children.
The school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parent/family engagement policies meet the requirements of Section 1116(b) of the ESSA, and each include as a component a school-parent/family compact consistent with federal law.
In carrying out the Title I, Part A parent/family engagement requirements to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents/families with limited English proficiency, limited literacy, disabilities, of migratory children, who are economically disadvantaged, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background, including providing information and school reports required under Section 1111 of the ESSA in an understandable and uniform format including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents/families understand.
If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A, developed under Section 1112 of the ESSA, is not satisfactory to the parents/families of participating children, the school district will submit any comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the state Department of Education.
The school district will be governed by the following definition of parental/family involvement and engagement and expects that its Title I schools will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition in Section 8101 of the ESSA:
REQUIRED LEA PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS include:
RESERVATION OF FUNDS
COORDINATION OF SERVICES
BUILDING CAPACITY OF FAMILIES
- The challenging academic standards
- The required academic assessments including alternate assessments
- The requirements of Title I, Part A
- How to monitor their child’s progress
- How to work with educators
BUILDING CAPACITY OF SCHOOL STAFF
The Parent and Family Engagement Policy has been developed jointly and agreed on with parents and family members of children participating in Title I, Part A programs. This policy was adopted by the Milford School District on January 25, 2021 and will be made available to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children.
The American Psychological Association reports that parent engagement increases grades, test scores, attendance, and health outcomes. Additionally, teacher – family communication is associated with increases in the likelihood students complete homework, pay attention and participate in class, and are educationally motivated. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires schools, local education agencies, and state education agencies work together to engage parents and families.
Parent Information Center of Delaware, Inc.