What are Title I and LAP (Learning Assistance Program)?
Title I is a federally-funded program established by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) is a state-funded program established by the Washington state legislature in 1979. The object of both programs is to accelerate the achievement of students performing below grade level by providing supplemental academic support.
Who is eligible?
The Centralia School district uses Title I and LAP resources primarily to assist elementary, middle, and high school level students who are at risk of not meeting the state’s performance standards in reading and/or math. Students are identified for Title I or LAP services based on state and district assessment scores. The services offered are in addition to the core curriculum provided to all students. Eligible students may receive support during the school day, before or after school, or in summer school.
The services provided may include:
- One-on-one tutorial support
- Small group instruction
- Classroom intervention
- Take-home instructional resources
How will I know if my child is receiving Title I or LAP services?
Each Title I and LAP elementary school coordinates the supplemental services provided to identified students by Title I and LAP staff. Staff identify eligible students and determine the most effective supplemental service. If your child attends a Title I Schoolwide school and is receiving additional academic support, you will be informed by the classroom teacher during conference time. If you have additional questions about your child’s participation in the Title I or LAP program, please contact your school principal or the Title I/LAP director.
How can I support my child’s learning?
Title I and LAP programs encourage families to be involved in their child’s education. Research shows that academic achievement improves significantly when parents are involved in school and at home.
Families are invited to be involved in the following ways:
- Attend conferences
- Assist your child with schoolwork and learning activities at home
- Participate in school & district Title I and LAP parent events
- Join your school’s Title I or LAP program planning team or School Leadership Team
Volunteer in your child’s classroom or during school events
Engage your child in conversation about what they are learning
Communicate with your child’s teacher and school staff when you have questions or concerns
Scott D. Niemann
Director of LAP & Title I