BUTTS COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM
2016-2017 TITLE I INFORMATION
WHAT IS THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT (ESEA)
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 is a
law that significantly raises expectations for states, school
districts and schools. These expectations include:
(1) Academics: ESEA states that all students will meet or exceed
state standards in reading and mathematics by 2014. Schools and
school districts must move toward this goal by achieving Adequate
Yearly Progress with all students. States are required to establish
state academic standards and a state assessment system. The ESEA
act holds the state, the school district and the individual school
accountable for every student's academic success.
(2) Highly Qualified Staff: The law also states that teachers
and paraprofessionals must be highly qualified in the subjects they
teach. (3) Parental Involvement: Additionally, the law has a strong
focus on parental notification and involvement.
In 2011, Georgia applied for the ESEA Flexibility Waiver. This
waiver allows our state to identify and support schools where
students continue to struggle based on student achievement growth
or student subgroup performance issues, unify federal law with
Georgia's accountability system focused on college and career
readiness and exercise greater flexibility with federal funding.
Under Georgia's own statewide accountability system, stakeholders
will be able to share a common understanding of school and district
performance. This waiver will be in effect beginning with the
2012-2013 school year and remain in place for three years. For more
information regarding the ESEA Flexibility Waiver, visit
www.gadoe.org, keyword: ESEA Flexibility Waiver.
Please Note: The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) expired in
2007. While many of its policies remain in effect, the law is now
referred to by its original name, the Elementary and Secondary Act
(ESEA) of 1965.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act can be found on the
U.S. Department of Education website at:
WHAT IS TITLE I?
Title I is a part of ESEA. This act provides money to public
schools with high numbers of children from low-income families.
is designed to ensure that all children have the opportunity to
obtain a high quality education and reach grade-level proficiency.
Title I programs must be focused on improving student achievement
and include strategies to support parental involvement.
Additionally, ESEA requires school districts to set-aside Title I
funds to serve homeless and neglected students who do not attend
schools participating in Title I. These services are comparable to
services provided to children attending a Title I school.
WHAT IS A TITLE I SCHOOL?
Title I schools are the schools that are given funding from
ESEA. Schools are given funding based on the number of children
qualify for free or reduced priced lunch. All schools in the
Butts County School System are designated as Title I for the
2014-2015 school year.
WHAT ARE TARGETED ASSISTANCE SCHOOLS?
A targeted assistance school is a school that must use Title I
funds to focus on helping the students most at risk of failure on
assessments. Funding is used to help participating children meet
state standards and ensure students are taught by highly qualified
WHAT ARE SCHOOLWIDE SCHOOLS?
A schoolwide school is a school in which children from
low-income families make up at least 40% of enrollment. In
programs, Title I funds are used to serve all of the children in
the school. The purpose of schoolwide Title I programs is to
improve the entire educational program in a school which should
result in improving the academic achievement of all students,
particularly the lowest achieving students. The core elements of a
schoolwide program are (1) needs assessment, (2) plan and (3)
evaluation. All schools in the Butts County School System are
designated as Title I Schoolwide Schools for the 2014-2015 School
FLEXIBLE LEARNING PROGRAM (FLP)
Under Georgia's new ESEA Flexibility Waiver, schools that have
been identified as a Focus or Priority School due to having an
achievement gap between subgroups are required to develop a
school turnaround plan in order to close this achievement gap.
Schools identified as a Focus or Priority School will create a
Flexible Learning Program (FLP). The schools identified as a Focus
School for the 2014-2015 school year are Carver Road Middle School
and Cowan Road Middle School.
Additional information regarding Title I can be found on
(1) GA Department of Education website: http://www.gadoe.org/
(2) US Department of Education website: http://www.ed.gov/
PARENT INVOLVEMENT INFORMATION
Parent Involvement is the participation of parents in regular,
two-way, and meaningful communication involving student
learning and other school activities. The purpose is to ensure
that parents play an integral role in their child's learning and
are active in their child's education at school.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
Some opportunities for parental involvement include parent
workshops, parent advisory committees, school council, PTO/PTA,
parent volunteers, school planning meetings and parent-teacher
PARENT INVOLVEMENT COORDINATORS
Each school has a parent liaison that coordinates parent
activities. For more information, contact your child's school. If
you have any
comments or suggestions, always feel free to contact your parent
liaison. Your liaison will take your feedback to the leadership
team of the school and will provide helpful tips to school
Every year, students, parents and school staff sign a compact or
agreement. This compact outlines how parents, the entire school
and students will share the responsibility for improved student
achievement and the means by which the school and parents will
build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the
State's high standards. This compact is revised with parent input
at the end of each school year and then distributed to all parents
to be signed at the beginning of the next school year.
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY
The purpose of the school parental involvement policy is to
ensure that strong strategies are in place to build the capacity to
parents in an effective partnership with the school and share
and support high student academic achievement. The school and
parents must jointly develop and agree on the policy. It is revised
every year to meet the changing needs of parents. Finally, the
policy is distributed to parents in multiple ways. The school
district also has a district parental involvement policy. It is
revised every year and a copy of this document is also distributed
to parents in multiple ways.
At the beginning and end of the school year, schools distribute
a parent questionnaire. The results of this survey are used to
effectiveness of parent activities. Feedback from these surveys
is very important. The school parental involvement policy and
school activities are developed from feedback parents give on these
PARENT RESOURCE CENTERS
There are two parent resource centers available for your use to
support you and the education of your children. The goal of all of
the parent resource centers is to share the benefits of parental
involvement and take advantage of available services that lead to
academic success of children.
- School Parent Resource Centers
Each Title I school has a parent resource room or area where you
can obtain valuable resources on how to support your child's
academic efforts in math, science, social studies, reading and
English Language Arts.
- Contact: Your school or Parent Involvement Coordinator
- Hours: School hours
- District Family Resource Corner
The district family resource center is located at the Butts
County Public Library. Here you can find valuable information on
supporting your student academically.
- Location: 436East College Street Jackson, GA
- Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00-8:00 Fri-Sat 9:00-6:00
The Butts County School System follows the Common Core Georgia
Performance Standards in K-12 English Language
Arts and K-12 Mathematics. We follow the Georgia Performance
Standards in K-12 Science and K-12 Social Studies. Additional grade
and content specific information on the standards that outlines
exactly what students are expected to know and be able to do can be
found at https://www.georgiastandards.org/Pages/default.aspx.
ACADEMIC STANDARDS INFORMATION
NATIONAL EDUCATION GOALS
The National Education goals are the focus for education reform
and describe how educational systems can be measured. Congress
approved the goals and they are:
(1) School Readiness - all children in America will start school
ready to learn.
(2) School Completion - high school graduation rate will
increase to at least 90 percent.
(3) Student Achievement and Citizenship - students will leave
grades 4, 8, and 12 having demonstrated competency in academic
subjects so they may be prepared for responsible citizenship.
(4) Teacher Education and Professional Development - educators
will have access to programs for the continued improvement of their
(5) Mathematics and Science - students will be first in the
world in mathematics and science achievement.
(6) Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning - every adult American
will be literate and will possess the knowledge and skills
necessary to compete in a global economy and exercise the rights
and responsibilities of citizenship.
(7) Safe, Disciplined and Alcohol and Drug-Free Schools - every
school in the United States will be free of drugs, violence, and
the unauthorized presence of firearms and alcohol.
(8) Parental Participation - every school will promote
partnerships that will increase parental involvement and
participation in promoting growth of children.
GEORGIA STUDENT ASSESSMENTS
The Butts County School System administers all state mandated
assessments. The purpose of the assessment program is to measure
student achievement on state required curriculum and content
mastery. The primary assessments are: Georgia End of Grade
Assessments in grades 3-8, End of Course Test (EOCT) grades 9-12,
Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) in
Kindergarten, Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA) in grades 3-8 and
11 and Georgia Writing Assessment programs 3, 5, 8 and 11. Other
assessments include ACCESS for ELL students, National Assessment of
Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Student Learning Objectives
(SLO) for non-tested grades. Students are also offered
opportunities to participate in the PSAT,
Advanced Placement (AP), Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and
American College Testing (ACT). In addition to these
the Butts County School System administers district-wide common
assessments. Schools also develop their own additional assessments
to indicate student mastery of content.
COMMON CORE GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards provide a
consistent framework to prepare students for success in college
and/or the 21st century workplace. These standards provide relevant
content and application of knowledge through higher-order
GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
Georgia Performance Standards are both content and performance
standards. The standards are definitive in what a student
know and be able to do.
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS INDEX (CCRPI)
Under the Georgia ESEA Flexibility Waiver, Georgia's new
accountability index is the College and Career Readiness Index
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) will no longer be used. It is
designated to rate school performance. The new reporting is
calculated with appropriate indicators for elementary, middle and
high schools, and will yield an in-depth analysis of students'
college and career readiness. It will measure the extent to which a
school, school district and the state are successfully making
progress in a number
of key areas, such as content mastery, student attendance and
the next level of preparation. Stakeholders will
now have a complete and comprehensive picture of where a school or
district is meeting performance expectations and where it is not.
Beginning in December
2012, every school in the state will receive a numerical index
score out of 100 points called the College and Career Readiness
Performance Index (CCRPI) number. Using 2010-2011 school year
assessment and graduation rate data, a percentage of Title I
schools will be identified as Reward, Priority, Focus or Alert
Schools. These new school designations provide a deeper
of what resources schools need in order to be successful in
their efforts to prepare students to be college and career
- Reward School: highest-performing (top 5% of
Title I: highest performance of all students for 3 years or highest
graduation rates) or high progress (Top 10% of Title I: highest
progress in performance of all students for 3 years or highest
progress in increasing graduation rates).
- Priority School: a school among the lowest 5%
of Title I Schools in the state based on specific achievement
- Focus School: accounts for 10% of Title I
Schools with a large gap between their highest-achieving subgroup
and their lowest- achieving subgroup or schools that have had a
graduation rate lower than 60% for two years in a row.
Alert School: these can be both Title I and
non-Title I schools that have low graduation rates, low achievement
in a particular student subgroup or low achievement in a particular
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