Title 1

Lexington Middle School

Title I Parental and Family Engagement


ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM EVALUATION


Each year, school officials must invite parents of students participating in Title I programs to a meeting to explain parental rights, discuss the programs and activities to be provided with Title I funds, and solicit input on the Title I program and this policy.  In addition, school officials must provide parents and family members a meaningful opportunity annually to evaluate the content and effectiveness of the Title I programs and the parent and family engagement policies and plans. Information collected from these proceedings will be used to revise Title I programs and parent and family engagement plans.


PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS


Each school participating in the Title I program shall jointly develop and annually distribute to parents and family members a school-level written parent and family engagement plan that describes the means for carrying out school-level policy, sharing responsibility for student academic achievement, building the capacity of school staff and parents for involvement, and increasing accessibility for participation of all parents and family members of children participating in the Title I programs, including parents and family members who have limited English proficiency, who have disabilities, or who are  migratory. School-level plans must involve parents in the planning and improvement of Title I activities and must provide for the distribution to parents of information on expected student achievement levels and the school’s academic performance.

In addition, school system officials and Title I school personnel shall do the following:

  1. involve parents and family members in the joint development of the Title I Program and school support and improvement and the process of school review and improvement by including parents on the school advisory committee and any committees that review the Title I program;
  2. provide coordination, technical assistance, and other support from various central office departments necessary to assist and build the capacity of all participating schools in planning and implementing effective parent and family engagement activities that are designed to improve student academic achievement and school performance;
  3. coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies in the Title I program to the extent feasible and appropriate with parental engagement strategies established in other federal, state, and local laws and programs;
  4. with the meaningful involvement of parents, conduct an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the school system parent and family engagement policies and program in improving the academic quality of the school and assisting students to meet the school system’s academic standards;
  5. strive to eliminate barriers to parental participation by assisting parents who have disabilities and parents who are economically disadvantaged, have limited English proficiency, are migratory, or have other backgrounds or characteristics that may affect participation;
  6. provide outreach and  assistance to parents and family members of children who are participating in Title I programs in understanding the state’s testing standards, the assessments used, Title I requirements and all national, state and local standards and expectations through such efforts as community-based meetings, posting information on school websites, sending information home, newsletters, workshops, and newspaper articles;
  7. design a parent–student–school staff compact that sets out respective responsibilities in striving to raise student achievement and explains how an effective home/school partnership will be developed and maintained;
  8. with the assistance of parents, ensure that teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals and other staff are educated in the value of parents as partners in the educational process and understand how to work with, communicate with, and reach out to parents as equal partners in education;
  9. distribute to parents information on expected student proficiency levels for their child and the school’s academic performance, and provide materials and training to help parents monitor their child’s progress and work with educators to improve achievement through such methods as literacy training or using technology, which may include education about the harms of copyright piracy;
  10. coordinate and integrate, to the extent feasible and appropriate, parental involvement programs and activities with federal, state, and local programs, including public pre-school programs and conduct other activities in the community that encourage and support parents to more fully participate in the education of their child;
  11. strengthen the partnership with agencies, businesses, and programs that operate in the community, especially those with expertise engaging parents and family members in education;
  12. ensure that parents are involved in the school’s Title I activities; and
  13. provide such other reasonable support for Title I parental involvement activitiesas requested by parents.


NOTICE REQUIREMENTS

School system officials and Title I school personnel shall provide effective notice of the following information as required by law.  The notice must be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

1. Program for English Learners

Each year the principal or designee shall provide notice of the following to parents of English learners identified for participation in a Title I, Part A or Title III funded language-instruction educational program:

a. the reasons for the child’s identification;

b.the child’s level of English proficiency and how such level was assessed;
c. methods of instruction;
d. how the program will help the child;
e. the exit requirements for the program;
f. if the child has a disability, how the language instruction educational program meets
the objectives of the child’s individualized educational program (IEP); 
g. any other information necessary to effectively inform the parent of the program and
the parental rights regarding enrollment, removal, and selection of a program for
English learners; and 
h. notice of regular meetings for the purpose of formulating and responding to recommendations from parents.

System Report Card 

2. Each year, school system officials shall disseminate to all parents, schools, and the public a school system report card containing information about the school system and each school, including, but not limited to:

a. the following information both in the aggregate and disaggregated by category: 
student achievement, graduation rates, performance on other school quality and/or
student success indicators, the progress of students toward meeting long-term goals
established by the state, student performance on measures of school climate and safety, and, as available, the rate of enrollment in post-secondary education;
b. the performance of the school system on academic assessments as compared to the state as a whole and the performance of each school on academic assessments as compared to the state and school system as a whole;.
c. the percentage and number of students who are:
i. assessed,
ii. assessed using alternate assessments,
iii. involved in preschool and accelerated coursework programs, and
iv. English learners achieving proficiency;
d. the per pupil expenditures of federal, state, and local funds; and
e. teacher qualifications.


3. Teacher Qualifications

a. At the beginning of each year, school system officials shall notify parents of students
who are participating in Title I programs of the right to request certain information on
the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals providing services to the child (see policy 3.3, Personnel Files).
b. The principal or designee of a Title I school shall provide timely notice informing
parents that their student has been assigned to or has been taught for at least four consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet applicable state certification or licensure requirements at the grade level or subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.

4. Parental Rights and Opportunities for Involvement

Each year, the principal or designee of a Title I school shall provide notice to parents of the school’s written parent and family engagement policy, parents’ right to be involved in their child’s school, and opportunities for parents to be involved in the school.

WEBSITE DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION

Each year, school system officials shall publicize on the school system website and, where practicable, on the website of each school:

1. The report card described in subsection E.2, above; and
2. information on each assessment required by the state and, where feasible, by the
school system, organized by grade level.  The information must include:  
a. the subject matter assessed;
b. the purpose for which the assessment is designed and used;
c. the source of the requirement for the assessment;
d. if available, the amount of time students will spend taking the assessments and
the schedule of the assessments; and 
e. if available, the time and format for distributing results.