ESEA Brochure

Using Needs Improvement based on Adequate Yearly
Progress (AYP) reports to Reward, Priority, Focus,
and Alert Schools status.


In addition, the GaDOE ESEA flexibility waiver
outlines Georgia's new Statewide Accountability
System, the College and Career Readiness
Performance Index (CCRPI). The CCRPI will serve
as a comprehensive report card for all schools in
Georgia and will measure a much broader scope of
work for each school. For instance, Adequate
Yearly Progress only measured the state assessments
in English language arts and mathematics. The
CCRPI will measure performance on all state
assessments. In addition, the CCRPI will also
measure career awareness and pathway programs,
advanced curriculum offerings, and outstanding work
with English Learners and Students with Disabilities.


Title I schools will hold the designation of simply
being a Title I school or it will be categorized based
on the following formulas:


Reward School - highest-performing (top 5% of
Title I: highest performance/all students for 3 years or
highest grad rates) or high progress (Top 10 % of
Title I: highest progress in performance/all students
for 3 years or highest progress in increasing grad


Priority School - a school among the lowest 5%
of Title I Schools in the state based on specific
achievement factors.


Focus School - accounts for 10% of Title I
Schools with a large gap between their
highest-achieving subgroup and lowest-achieving
subgroup or schools that have had a graduation rate
lower than 60% for two years in a row.


Title I Alert Schools - these can be both Title I
and non-Title I schools that have low graduation
rates, low achievement in a particular student
subgroup such as English Learners or Special
Education, or low achievement in a particular
content subject area such as mathematics or science.


For more information about the status of your
school, please visit and click on
school reports or speak with an administrator at
your school.











 (ESEA)OF 1965




A Parent's Guide To

Title I








In accordance with State and Federal laws, the Georgia Department of Education
prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex,
disability, or age in its educational and employment activities. Inquiries regarding
the application of these practices may be addressed to the General Counsel of the
Georgia Department of Education, 2052 Twin Towers East, Atlanta, Georgia 30334,






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Outreach Programs Division

1862 Twin Towers East

205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE

Atlanta, GA 30334

Craig Geers

Outreach Programs Director



Michelle Sandrock

Parent Engagement Program



Lakeita Servance

Parent Engagement Specialist


For more information, please visit:

Ways Parents Can GET INVOLVED!








Become active in your Title I Program by doing
the following:


Learn more about the school, curriculum,
special programs, Title I and your rights
and responsibilities
Teach your child in ways that will add to
what the teacher is doing
Know Your Rights because knowledge
is power
Participate and Support your child
academically at school and home
Make Decisions about your child's
education and academic program
Keep in contact with your child's teacher
through telephone, e-mail, or face-to-face


Georgia's ESEA Waiver


The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)

submitted an application requesting flexibility
through waivers of ten ESEA requirements and their
associated, regulatory, administrative and reporting
requirements. On February 9, 2012, the waivers were
approved. The waiver allows local educational
agencies (LEAs), or school districts, greater
flexibility in designing a learning program tailored to
meet the needs of individual schools and the need for
additional academic support. Beginning with the
2012-2013 school year, the GaDOE transitioned from

What is Title I?






Title I is the largest federally
funded program for elementary,
middle, and high schools.

Through Title I, money is given

to school districts around the

country based on the number of

low-income families in each

district. Each district uses its

Title I money for extra

educational services for children
most in need of educational help.
The focus of the Title I program

is on helping all students meet

the same high standards expected of all children.


Title I helps students, teachers and parents!





Title I programs can help:


Children do better in school and feel better about
Teachers understand the needs and concerns of
students and parents
Parents understand their child and be more involved
in the child's education







What is My Role In
Supporting My
Student's Success?



Parents are an important part of the Title I team and
are partners with the school in helping all students


As the parent of a child in a Title I school, you have the
right to:


Be involved in the planning and implementation
of the parent involvement program in your school

Ask to read the progress reports on your child and
Request information about the professional
qualifications of your child's teacher(s) including
the degrees and certifications held, and whether
the teacher is certified in their respective area
of instruction
Help to decide if Title I is meeting your child's
needs, and offer suggestions for improvement
Ask about your child's school designation under
the new Georgia ESEA Flexibility Waiver
Know if your child has been assigned, or taught
by a teacher that is not highly qualified for at
least four consecutive weeks
Help develop your school's plan for how parents
and schools can work together



What is the State's Role in Supporting
My Student's Success?


The Georgia Department of Education is required to car-
ry out the following actions:


- Partner with other agencies and institutions to provide
leadership and guidance to local educational agencies
(LEAs) and schools in accord with Section 1118,
Parental Involvement, of ESEA to enable parents to
become strongly involved in their children's education.


- Disseminate to LEAs and schools information about
effective parental involvement practices that:


Make use of the most current professional research
Foster high achievement by all students
Lower the barriers to greater participation by
parents in the process of review and improvement
in school planning


- Provide parents with an easy-to-understand annual
state report card regarding student achievement and
the professional qualifications of instructional staff.





- Review the progress of each LEA annually to determine:


If each LEA is carrying out its responsibilities
regarding assessment, parental involvement, school
improvement and support, and the qualifications of
teachers and paraprofessionals



- Monitor compliance with Title I law, including
review of the LEA's parental involvement policies
and practices.



What is the School District's Role in
Supporting My Student's Success?

Local educational agencies (LEAs) are defined as
school districts, county offices of education, and
direct-funded charter schools that are responsible for
the following actions:


Plan and implement educational programs,
activities, and procedures as required under Title I
that involve parents
Reserve 1% of Title I funds for parental
involvement activities if the LEA receives more
than $500,000
Develop a parental involvement policy with the
participation of parents
Provide full opportunities for participation of
parents with limited English proficiency,
disabilities and parents of migratory children, and
when appropriate, in a language and format that they
can understand
Conduct annual parent surveys and implement chang-
es based upon the results of those surveys
Build capacity by providing early literacy and
technology trainings that will help parents work with
their children to improve academic achievement


What is the School's Role in Supporting
My Student's Success?


Some Title I schools are schoolwide programs. This
means that school staff work to improve the school's
educational program in an effort to increase the
achievement of all students, particularly those who are
low achieving and thus could benefit from extra
supports or services. Other schools may have a
targeted assistance program, which means that only
certain students and their parents can benefit from the
additional services Title I provides. Title I schools are
responsible for the following actions:


Send notifications to parents about the school's
policy in an understandable language and format
Hold an annual meeting, at a convenient time for
parents, to discuss the school's parental
involvement plan, budget, how funding is spent
and the rights of parents to be involved
Develop jointly, with the parents of participating
students, a school-parent compact
Offer parental meetings at various times (schools
may also pay for transportation and childcare,
when reasonable and necessary)
Involve parents in the planning, review, and
improvement of Title I programs, including the
school parental involvement policy
Build capacity by supporting the development of
parent advisory councils or parent leadership
Provide information to parents about the state
standards and curriculum and how parents can
monitor their child's progress



To learn more or view Title I, Part A
Parental Involvement, Section 1118 of
ESEA in its entirety, please visit: