In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. ESSA updated and reauthorized the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Under the Johnson administration, ESEA established a federal commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
The update of the legislation builds on the efforts of educators, communities, parents and students across the country. ESSA includes provisions to:
Title I, Part A
The purpose of Tennessee’s federally funded Title I, Part A Program is to support local school districts in improving teaching and learning for students in high-poverty schools so that students meet the state’s challenging content and performance standards. In Tipton County, schools that are served with Title I funds operate as school wide. School wide programs use their funds to improve the entire program of the school so that all students are impacted. Schools in Tipton County focus their funds on improving math and reading/language arts as well as other core academic areas.
For information about your student’s school, please see the Tennessee Department of Education Report Card for school and district data.
Title II, Part A
Title II, Part A is an ESSA program which places emphasis on teacher and leader quality. These funds are focused on preparing, training and recruiting high-quality teachers and principals. Tipton County utilizes these funds to place an emphasis on teacher quality as an integral factor in improving student achievement by providing professional learning opportunities for teachers.
Title II, Part A funds are used to:
Title III, Part A
The purpose of Title III, Part A is to improve the education of English Learners (ELs) by helping them learn English and meet the challenges of the rigorous state academic standards. An EL can be any student who lists a language other than English on the home language survey and qualifies for services based on the W-APT or WIDA screener. The purposes of Title III, Part A are:
Title IV, Part A
The purpose of Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, is to provide funds to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of state educational agencies, districts and local communities to: