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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.

Title I Schoolwide Programs to Support School Reform
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 following​ 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.
    • ​Under Section 1114(a)(1)(B) of ESEA, A school that serves an eligible school attendance area in which less than 40 percent of the children are from low-income families, or a school of which less than 40 percent of the children enrolled in the school are from such families, may operate a schoolwide program under this section if the school receives a waiver from the State educational agency to do so, after taking into account how a schoolwide program will best serve the needs of the students in the school served under this part in improving academic achievement and other factors.  Georgia requires that the school's poverty percentage must be at least 35% to be eligible for a waiver. 
    • Waivers must be submitted annually.  The District/school desiring a waiver for the upcoming year must apply by April 15 of the previous year using the “Application for Waiver – Schoolwide Poverty Threshold” form listed below.
A 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. 

​Benefits of Operating a Schoolwide Program

A school that operates a schoolwide program is able to take advantage of numerous benefits including: 
  • Serving all students.  A school operating a schoolwide program does not need to identify particular students as eligible to participate (ESEA Section 1114(a)(2)(A)(i).
  • Providing services that need not be supplemental. A school operating a schoolwide program does not need to provide specific services that supplement the services participating students would otherwise receive (ESEA Section 1114(a)(2)(A)(ii)).