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Tolleson Union
High School District

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Overview

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.

ESSA:

  • 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 six 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.

Program Description

The purpose of Title I is to “provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education and to close the educational achievement gaps” (Every Student Succeeds Act, 2015). 

Title I provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEA)—who have a high percentage of children from low-income families—to ensure that all children at the preschool, elementary, and secondary school levels receive a high quality, well-rounded education. Title I programs provide support to students to achieve the state’s academic standards. This is accomplished through supplemental programs that consist of instructional services, instructional support services, school-wide reform efforts, and increased involvement of parents in their children’s education.

    Title I Math

    Mission

    Based on the district’s mission to guarantee higher levels of learning for all students and the belief that all students can learn, but not in the same way or at the same rate, the Math Department is committed to providing students who are below grade level in mathematics with targeted interventions to increase mastery of mathematical concepts and skills.

    Goal

    Our goal is to provide additional time and support to the students who need it the most in mathematics.

    Title I Reading

    Mission

    Based on the district’s mission to guarantee higher levels of learning for all students and the belief that all students can learn, but not in the same way or at the same rate, the Reading Department is committed to providing students who are below grade level in reading with targeted interventions to increase reading fluency and comprehension.

    Goal

    Our goal is to provide additional time and support to the students who need it the most in reading and help them reach their highest potential.

    Contact Information

    District Office
    Dr. Rosalva Lagunas
    Director of Grants and Federal Programs
    (623) 478.4054
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