Stafford County Public Schools partners with both the Virginia Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education to carry out our mission to “inspire and empower all learners to thrive.” The Office of Assessment, Accountability and Program Evaluation works to ensure that the district is carrying out the directives in the Every Student Succeeds Act Specifically, we address Title I, II, III and IV of ESSA.
Title I, Part A provides financial assistance through state educational agencies to school divisions and public schools with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic content and achievement standards.
School divisions target the Title I funds they receive to public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families. Unless a participating school is operating a schoolwide program, the school must focus Title I services on children who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet state academic standards. Schools enrolling at least 40 percent of students from low-income families are eligible to use Title I funds for schoolwide programs that are designed to upgrade their entire educational programs for all students, particularly the lowest-achieving students.
~Information taken from VDOE's Title I website
Title I in Stafford County
Title I funding is designed to assists schools in servicing students, so they may achieve, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards. There are two distinct programs of service under Title I: Targeted and Schoolwide. “Schoolwide programs” of service are defined as Title I schools with at least 40 percent of the children are from low-income families. Schools who qualify has schoolwide must develop a comprehensive plan, during a one-year period that must include input from community stakeholders.
Title I schools with less than 40 percent low-income students or that select not to operate a schoolwide program offer a "targeted assistance program" in which the school identifies students who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the state's challenging academic achievement standards. Targeted assistance schools design, in consultation with parents, staff, and district staff, an instructional program to meet the needs of those students. Both schoolwide and targeted assistance programs must use instructional strategies based on scientifically based research and implement parental involvement activities.
For the 2022-2023 school year, the following schools remain Title I "targeted assistance program:"
Anne E. Moncure Elementary School;
Anthony Burns Elementary School;
Falmouth Elementary School;
Ferry Farm Elementary School;
Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School;
Rocky Run Elementary School and,
Widewater Elementary School
Title II provides federal funding to states and districts for activities that strengthen instructional leadership and teacher quality in all schools, especially those with a high proportion of children in poverty. Funding can be used to support a wide array of activities, including interventions for teacher professional development, so long as the activities are grounded in scientifically based research. Because communities nationwide face such a variety of needs when it comes to teacher quality, the law gives schools and districts flexibility in how the money is spent. It also holds them accountable for the proper and effective use of the funds.
Title II includes four funding streams to raise student achievement through effective instruction and school leadership:
- Part A: Principal and Teacher Training
- Part B: Mathematics and Science Partnerships
- Part C: Teaching American History
- Part D: Enhanced Education Through Technology
Please visit the Title II VDOE website
Title III - Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students. Title III focuses on academic programming for English learners (ELs) and Immigrant Students.
Title III is a supplemental grant under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) designed to improve and enhance the education of English learners (ELs) in becoming proficient in English, as well as meeting the Virginia Academic Content standards.
Title III Immigrant and Youth Set-Aside grant resides within this program and provides opportunities for LEAs to enhance the instructional opportunities for immigrant students and their families.
Please visit the Title III- VDOE Website
The Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (Title IV, Part A) program provides funds for programs and activities to improve students' academic achievement by increasing the capacity of local school divisions to:
- Provide all students with a well rounded education
- Improve school conditions for learning; and
- Improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
Please visit the Title IV - VDOE Website