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Title 1, Part A

The federal “Elementary and Secondary Education Act” (ESEA) – enacted in 1965 – is the nation’s national education law.  ESEA authorizes several state-run programs for eligible schools and districts.  Now known as ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), the law works to address the performance gaps between student groups in our schools by offering services and interventions to support struggling learners.

ESSA is aimed at helping students obtain a fair, equitable, high-quality education and close educational achievement gaps.  Title I programs and services provide supplemental education assistance that helps students meet our state’s challenging academic standards and assessments, while also taking an active, engaged interest in what they learn and can do.

The Issaquah School District's Title I, Part A program mission is to provide intensive intervention for students not meeting standard in literacy and, in some schools, math. The goal of the program is to accelerate learning for these students and bring them quickly to standard.

Those elementary schools whose free and reduced lunch rate is higher than the district average receive Title I, Part A dollars to support identified students. Students within these buildings are targeted for assistance based on multiple measures. Test scores from Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), district assessments, grades, Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments, and teacher observation are combined to create a rank-ordered list of students. Students are invited into Title I, Part A programs, beginning with those most in need of service. As students exit the program, their place is taken by the next student with greatest need. Students identified for Title I services are taught by highly qualified, certificated, teachers in a small group setting. 

You have the right to request regular information or meetings about Title I programs.  Please contact your school’s principal or Teaching and Learning Services at any time.

For more information, visit OSPI's Title 1 Part A webpage.

Learning Assistance Program (LAP)

The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) offers supplemental services for K–12 students who are not meeting academic standards. These services focus on accelerating student growth to make progress towards grade level and addressing barriers preventing students from accessing core instruction. They may include readiness skill development or behavior supports. The intent is for LAP-served students to increase academic growth during the time they receive services.

The Issaquah School District's LAP program mission is to provide intensive intervention for students not meeting standard in literacy. The goal of the program is to accelerate learning for these students and bring them quickly to standard.

Test scores from Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA), i-Ready, district assessment scores, grades, Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments, and teacher observation are combined to create a rank-ordered list of students. Students are invited into LAP programs, beginning with those most in need of service. As students exit the program, their place is taken by the next student with greatest need. Students identified for LAP services are taught by highly qualified, certificated, teachers in a small group setting.

For more information, visit OSPI's Learning Assistance Program (LAP) webpage.

Parent and Family Engagement

Students with engaged parents and families are more likely to:

  • Learn to read faster
  • Have higher grades and test scores
  • Be promoted and take more challenging classes
  • Adapt better to school and have better attendance
  • Have more developed social emotional and behavior skills
  • Graduate!

To become an active participant in your student’s education:

  • Communicate – Stay informed & respond to all communications from the school or district.
  • Set an example – Show your student that education is important by reading & attending parent/teacher conferences & school events.
  • Volunteer – Spend time at your student’s school and help with extra-curricular activities.
  • Learn – Help your student with classwork, homework, and future education plans.
  • Get Involved – Join school/parent organizations, school improvement teams, parent advisory Councils, and other parent committees.
  • Collaborate – Participate in parent activities with other families. Know and use local community resources (such as libraries, universities, community centers, etc.) to better identify and access services for your student & family.

You can help your student’s success!  For great ideas, tips and parent guides; visit OSPI’s website

Issaquah School District Regulation 4130 - Title I Parent and Family Engagement

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Parent Rights

If you are a parent of a student at a school receiving Title I funds, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and paraeducators who instruct your child. If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s and instructional paraprofessional’s qualification, please contact your school’s principal. Templates for information request can be found here and are available in multiple languages. 

2023-24 Report Cards

The 2023-24 Report Cards for each school can be found on OSPI’s website.

The Report Cards contain information about test results as well as other statistics about the school. To find results for Issaquah School District, type in Issaquah School District in the box in the middle of the webpage and press go. To find results for your child’s school, follow those directions to go to Issaquah School District, then use the drop down menu to find your school and press go.

Complaint Procedures

Districts disseminate free of charge to parents of students, and to appropriate private school officials or representatives, adequate information about OSPI's written complaint procedures for resolving issues of violation(s) of a Federal statute or regulation that applies to Title I, Part A programs). [Chapter 392- 168 WAC Special Services Programs-Citizen Complaint Procedures for Certain Categorical Federal Programs.]

For more information on Citizen's Complaints, visit OSPI's Citizen Complaint webpage.

Title 1 & LAP Contact

Director of Teaching and Learning Elementary: Michelle Pickard, 425-837-7076.