Title 1 and Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
For more information, see administrative policy 4130: Title I Parent and Family Engagement
In Mercer Island School District, the Title I and LAP services are provided in a Learning Support Program. As a school district we conduct universal reading assessments three times a year to track student progress and identify students who may need additional support to build strong foundational reading skills and to continue progressing in their reading skills. At each grade level, we use grade-level appropriate research-based measures to examine both discrete early literacy skills and more comprehensive application of reading skills in text and text passages. We use the results of these assessments to inform our small group instruction in the classroom, as well as to select students for additional supports through our Learning Support Program.
The Learning Support Program provides targeted instruction to students in small groups, in addition to their classroom reading instruction, to bolster their skill development. Through direct instruction, games, and activities, students work on building knowledge and fluency with critical reading skills.
It is important to note that, whether Title I or LAP funded, these two programs do not mean that your student is "failing" in school. Our role in the greater school system is to ensure that all students are receiving the services that they need. To do this, we provide additional supports; both in and out of the classroom. If you received notice that your child will be participating in one of these settings, there is no cause for alarm. The goal of the instructors in each building is to ensure the student has everything he or she needs to continue in school as a successful reader.
What is Title I?
Title I is a federal program that provides funding to school districts to help support services for students who have the greatest need. Mercer Island School District uses a Target Title I model. This means that the funding is used to support the students who are in most need of intervention. This is determined based upon several data points, to include, but not limited to Smarter Balanced Assessments, Bookshop Common Core assessments, and aimsweb assessments.
For more information about Title I programming, visit the OSPI website.
What is LAP?
LAP stands for Learning Assistance Program. LAP funds provide an opportunity to support students who need intervention in reading. Students are selected using several data points, to include, but not limited to: Smarter Balanced Assessments, Bookshop Common Core assessments, and the aimsweb assessments.
For more information about LAP programming, visit the OSPI website.
How is funding used?
Funding is used directly to support students. In Mercer Island, we receive very limited funding, so this largely is used to staff these supplemental supports in the schools. The funding stretches for supports in K-4 literacy. If funding remains, then we use that to help provide additional supports and professional learning for staff who are working with students to close the gap.