Schoolwide Title I Programs
In general, a Title I school may operate as a schoolwide program only if a minimum of 40 percent of the students in the school, or residing in the attendance area served by the school, are from low-income families.
While Title I targeted assistance programs provide educational services only to identified individual students, schoolwide programs allow staff in schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families to redesign their entire educational program to serve all students. The emphasis in schoolwide program schools 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 funding. Adopting this strategy should result in an ongoing, comprehensive plan for school improvement that is owned by the entire school community and tailored to its unique needs. A schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school; its primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on state academic achievement standards. The intent of schoolwide programming is to improve the academic achievement of all students and accelerate the student performance of those most at risk who would otherwise be eligible for Title I services within a targeted assistance program.
Benefits of a schoolwide program include:
- Flexibility – combining resources, serving all students, redesigning the school and its services.
- Coordination and Integration – reduction in curricular and instructional fragmentation.
- Accountability – clear and coordinated; all students are responsible for achieving the same high standards.
- Unified Goals – schoolwide programs bring parents, the community and the school together to redesign and improve the school.
New Schoolwide Programs
A school interested in offering a schoolwide Title I program must go through a year of planning. The process begins when the Intent to Apply form has been submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education.
During the planning year, the school completes a comprehensive needs assessment and develops a schoolwide plan for implementation of a reform effort. Many Minnesota schools have chosen to use the Record of Continuous Improvement as the schoolwide plan document, combining the school improvement framework and the schoolwide model to focus on the redesign of instructional delivery for all students in a Title I school. The school district may choose to use their own locally developed SWP plan format.
Once the comprehensive schoolwide plan has been completed, a copy is forwarded to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for our review and comment. We do not approve the schoolwide plan, this review merely allows us to offer feedback to improve the plan. The final review and approval process is completed annually by the Local Educational Agency (LEA).
Once the review and approval is completed, an LEA Schoolwide Confirmation form is uploaded in SERVS for each school.
Continuing Schoolwide Programs
Annually, the school must revise the comprehensive schoolwide plan to ensure that the selected evidence-based strategies and other school reform efforts continue to improve the academic achievement of all students and accelerate the student performance of those most at risk who would otherwise be eligible for Title I services within a targeted assistance program.
The final review and approval process of the revised schoolwide plan is completed by the LEA. Once the review and approval of the comprehensive schoolwide plan has been completed, an LEA Schoolwide Confirmation form is uploaded in SERVS for each school.
Intent to Apply
MDE acknowledges receipt
October and Ongoing
LEA SWP development
October – May
New LEA SWP submitted to MDE
MDE responds to new LEA SWP
SWP confirmation of SERVS upload
Intent to Become a Schoolwide Title I Program - 1/7/19
Districts with a new school(s) that meets the schoolwide eligibility threshold of 40 percent or greater, free and reduced-price meals, or is requesting a waiver from the 40 percent threshold and choosing to implement a schoolwide program model, must submit this Intent to Apply for a Schoolwide Title I Program form by September 15, 2019, to begin a schoolwide program in school year 2020-2021.
Local Educational Agency (LEA) Confirmation of Schoolwide Program - 1/4/19
Following the annual review and approval of the comprehensive schoolwide plan by the LEA, an LEA Schoolwide Confirmation form is uploaded in SERVS for each school.
School Improvement Plan - 12/28/18
The School Improvement Plan is used after the CNA process. It identifies a plan for the implementation of the strategies, practices, or programs that were identified to improve outcomes for students.