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 Schoolwide Programs

Purpose of Schoolwide Programs ​

The purpose of schoolwide Title I programs is to improve the entire educational program in a Title I school, which should result in improving the academic achievement of all students, particularly the lowest-achieving students.  The goal of such a program is to assist the lowest-achieving students to demonstrate proficiency on academic achievement standards.

Overview of Schoolwide Program​

A Title I schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school.  Its primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on state academic standards. Under the ESEA section 1114(a)(1), as amended by ESSA, as school may operate a schoolwide program if it meets any of the folllowing conditions: 
  • A Title I school with 40 percent or more of its students living in poverty, regardless of the grades it serves.
  • A Title I school that receives a waiver from GaDOE to operate a schoolwide program without meeting the 40 percent poverty threshold.
This schoolwide reform strategy requires a school to:
  • ​Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment.
  • Identify and commit to specific goals and strategies that address those needs. 
  • Create a comprehensive plan.
  • Conduct an annual evaluation of the effectiveness of the schoolwide program and revise the plan annually or as necessary.