The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 is the current iteration of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act), the federal government’s primary mechanism for holding public schools accountable, closing achievement gaps among different student populations and supporting schools in improvement efforts. ESSA creates a long-term stable federal policy that gives states additional flexibility and encourages states and schools to innovate, while at the same time being accountable for results. There are two ESEA Title Programs that provide us with federal funds. Each year the Maine DOE issues a report card for each district. The ESEA Report Card may be found on the District’s Curriculum webpage: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu64schools.org/curriculum/
Title IA ensures that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on Maine’s Learning Results/Common Core State Standards.
RSU/MSAD No. 64 uses these dollars to fund two full-time Reading Recovery® teachers and several educational technicians to help in Grades K-5 so that individual, specific instruction will assure achievement of all children to high standards. Money is also used to support professional development for both professional and paraprofessional staff, as well as to purchase materials, books, hardware, and software to support the learning needs of individual students. Title IA funds are also used to operate summer school for Grades K-5 students, as well as teacher-referred students, in need of continued support.
A General Education Initiative or pre-referral system for early identification has been in place since June 2012. This year there are several new interventions for students K-12. Check with your child’s principal for details.
A Parent Advisory Committee meets annually to review a Title IA policy and to seek input about training and/or information needed to help extend and reinforce your child’s learning and achievement. If you would like to join, please call Jennifer Nickerson, the Curriculum Coordinator at 285-4341.
Each school will be reviewing the Parent/School/Community Compacts this school year. If you would like to participate, please call the school.
Title IIA “Improving Teacher Quality,” helps to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping school districts ensure that all teachers are highly qualified to teach. It focuses on preparing, training and recruiting high quality teachers. Once again, RSU/MSAD No. 64 will use these monies to partially fund one teaching position at Central Community Elementary School that results in reduced class size. Smaller class size is beneficial at the K-2 level. For the past several years, monies have allowed us to keep classes between 15-18 students at this grade level. Results show that all students make remarkable progress when teachers can personalize instruction daily to assure achievement. The remainder of money will be used to provide professional development to design, instruct, assess, and communicate proficiency-based learning experiences for students and support teacher leadership.
If you would like to give feedback on either of these grants, please call the Curriculum Coordinator at 285-4341 or post a comment on the webpage feedback form: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu64schools.org/curriculum/