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Tolleson Union
High School District

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is the most significant federal program funding elementary and secondary education in the United States. Authorized in 2015, ESSA returned the accountability to the states, who are responsible for submitting an accountability plan to the Education Department.


  • Places high expectations and high academic standards for all students to prepare them to succeed in college and careers
  • Helps support and grow local innovations 
  • Promotes evidence-based teaching methods 
  • Support parents to take an active role in their children’s education

There are ten education programs, or “titles,” which make up ESSA. Title I is the largest federal aid program. It provides funds to identified schools serving low-income students. Its goal is to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education, specifically students who are considered “at-risk.” Tolleson Union High School District currently offers Title I school-wide programs at seven of the high schools. Title I schools are expected to conduct a Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) and Root Cause Analysis (RCA) with the input of their stakeholders. Schools create an Integrated Action Plan (IAP) to meet the needs of their students and to make strong efforts to involve parents in their children’s education. ESSA states that parents are critical partners in helping their children succeed in school and in assisting schools to improve.

Title I Schools:

  • Copper Canyon High School
  • La Joya Community High School
  • Sierra Linda High School
  • Tolleson Union High School
  • University High School
  • West Point High School
  • Westview High School

    Contact Information

    District Office
    Angie Madsen
    Director of Grants and Federal Programs
    (623) 478-4022
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