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Title 1 / LAP

Title I is a federally funded program established by the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 and authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) is a state funded program established by the Washington state legislature in 1979.

The Enumclaw School District uses Title I/LAP funds to assist elementary students who are at risk of not meeting the state's performance standards in reading. The object of both programs is to accelerate the achievement of students performing below grade level by providing supplemental support.

Students in the Enumclaw School District are identified for Title I/LAP services based on state and district assessment scores. The services offered are in addition to the reading curriculum provided to all students. Eligible students may receive support during the school day, before or after school, or in summer school.

In our district, Black Diamond Elementary, Byron Kibler Elementary and Sunrise Elementary are designated as Title 1 Targeted Assistance schools for the 2018-19 school year. These schools operate a similar reading support program in which federal resources are dedicated to improve the reading skills of students not meeting state academic achievement standards. These Title 1 programs contain the following elements:

  • Planning for students served under Title 1 is incorporated into existing school-based planning.
  • Effective methods and instructional strategies are utilized from scientifically-based research.
  • The Title 1 program coordinates and supports the regular education program which may include services to assist preschool children in transition to elementary school programs.
  • Instruction is provided by “highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals.”
  • Professional development is provided for staff members.
  • Strategies are provided to increase parental involvement.
  • The Title 1 program is coordinated and integrated with other federal, state, and local services and programs.

We are proud of our teachers and feel they are prepared to give your child a high-quality education. As a Title 1 school, we must meet federal rules related to teacher qualifications as defined in No Child Left Behind. If you would like more information about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials, we are happy to provide that information to you. Please ask:

  • Whether the teacher met state qualifications, and certification requirements for the grade level he/she is teaching.
  • Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and
  • What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.
  • Does my child receive help from a paraprofessional and if so, how does he/she meet qualifications.

Our Title I/LAP programs encourage families to be involved in their child's education. Research shows that academic achievement improves significantly when parents are involved in school and at home. Families are invited to be involved in the following ways:

  • Attend Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Assist your child with schoolwork at home
  • Participate in school and district parent events
  • Volunteer in your child's classroom or school
  • Engage your child in conversation about what they are learning
  • Read to and with your child
  • Communicate with your child's teacher, Title I/LAP teacher and school staff when you have questions or concerns

District "Title 1 Parent Involvement Policy" # 4130 in PDF format.

For additional information, please contact Jill Burnes, Director of Teaching & Learning at 360.802.7124 or Kari Ryan, Executive Secretary to the Curriculum & Instruction Director at 360.802.7114.

A citizen complaint is a written statement that alleges a violation of a federal rule, law or regulation or state regulation that applies to a federal program.

  • Anyone can file a citizen complaint.
  • There is no special form.
  • There is no need to know the law that governs a federal program to file a complaint.

Please send any citizen complaint to Stephanie Berryhill, Director of Human Relations or call her at 360.802.7106.