Schoolwide Programs Guidance

Description

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) permits a local educational agency (LEA) to carry out a schoolwide program under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). [34 CFR §300.206]

 

Introduction

A schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I campus; its primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).

This schoolwide reform strategy requires that a school--

• Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment; • Identify and commit to specific goals and strategies that address those needs;

• Create a comprehensive plan; and

• Conduct an annual review of the effectiveness of the schoolwide program and revise the plan as necessary.

The emphasis in schoolwide program campuses is on serving all students, improving all structures that support student learning, and combining all resources, as allowed, to achieve a common goal. Schoolwide programs maximize the impact of Title I.

The schoolwide approach to achieving these ambitious goals is based on the premise that comprehensive reform strategies rather than separate, add-on services are most effective in raising academic achievement for the lowest achieving students in a school. A well-designed and implemented schoolwide program touches all aspects of the school’s operation and offers an appropriate option for high-poverty schools seeking to improve achievement for all students, particularly the lowest achieving.

Source: Designing Schoolwide Programs/USDE/Non-Regulatory Guidance

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