Title I Information
District Parent Involvement Mission Statement
District and school-based Title I Parent and Family Engagement Programs in Polk County will strive to build RELATIONSHIPS to create real family engagement for every child, every family, every teacher, every day.
Title I is broken into three main components:
- Effective Instruction
- Professional Development
- Parental Involvement
Studies show that the more parents are involved in the education of their child, the more academically successful that child will be. The goal of the Title I Parent Involvement program is to give school-based Parent Involvement Facilitators information, materials and resources to enable them to provide for their parents at the school-level. It is the job of the Facilitator to give parents the tools and resources necessary for them to help their child at home. Everyone working together in this way gives the child the best possible support for doing well in school.
Parent and Family Engagement
The goal of Title I is to improve student achievement through effective instruction, professional development, and family engagement.
District Parent and Family Engagement Plan
Polk County School Board has adopted a district wide parent involvement plan which includes information about district resources to assist parents in helping their child achieve at school.
Parent and Family Engagement Plan
Our Parent and Family Engagement Plan gives parents information about the impact on a child when parents and family members are involved in their child’s education, what will be offered during the school year to help parents have the tools and resources necessary to help their child at home. The plan states what the school is constantly doing in order to have more parents involved. The School Parent Involvement Notebook and Parent Involvement Plan are available for viewing at the office during business hours.
School – Parent Compact
A School Parent Compact is an agreement among the school, parents and students. The school’s responsibilities are listed, the parents are asked to agree to certain responsibilities, and the students are also included as everyone works together to increase student achievement.
Explanation of State and District Test Scores
The Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) is part of Florida’s overall plan to increase student achievement by implementing higher standards. The FSA, administered to students in grades 3-11, consists of tests that measure benchmarks in math, reading, science and writing based on the Florida Standards. All students working towards a standard high school diploma, including English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities will participate in these tests. The scores are based on levels 1 – 5, with level 3 being proficient, on grade level. Students scoring a level 1 or 2 may be placed in remedial classes to help their academic achievement. Developmental Scale Scores (DSS) are used to track a student progress over time and across grade levels to indicate student “growth” or “learning gains.” The DSS scores are helpful for monitoring a student’s academic progress from one grade level to the next. By comparing a student’s scores in the same subject for multiple years, it is possible to identify whether a student’s performance improved, declined or remained the same. At the end of the year, parents are encouraged to bring a self-addressed stamped envelope so these score reports can be mailed home, once they are received, over the summer. Any parents wishing to pick up the score reports in person, may do so during regular office hours. Any remaining score reports will be given to students to bring home once school resumes the following year.
To learn more about the Florida Standards please check out FloridaStudents.org where you can find many resources by subject and grade level.