Targeted Assistance Programs to Support Student Achievement
Targeted Assistance Programs are designed to support the needs of targeted student populations who qualify for supplemental services. These Targeted Assistance School Programs are operated by those schools that are eligible and selected to receive Title I, Part A funds but that are ineligible to operate a schoolwide program, have not received a waiver from the State Education Agency (SEA) to operate a schoolwide program, orchoose not to operate a schoolwide program. A local educational agency (LEA) serving such schools may use Title I funds only for programs that provide services to eligible students identified as having the greatest need for special assistance [ESEA 1115(a)].
Under the ESEA section 1115, as amended by ESSA, participation as a Targeted Assistance Program requires a school to:
- Determine which students will be served using a multiple selection criteria.
- Serve eligible students by providing opportunities that will help children meet Georgia's challenging academic standards, which may include programs, activities, and resources necessary to provide a well-rounded education.
- Coordinate with and support the regular education program.
- Provide professional development to personnel who work with eligible students.
- Implement activities to increase the parent and family engagement of eligible children.
- If appropriate and applicable, coordinate and integrate federal, state, and local services and programs supported by this program.
- Provide the local educational agency assurances that the school will help provide an accelerated, high-quality curriculum; minimize the removal of children from the regular classroom during regular school hours for instruction, and regularly review the progress of eligible children and revise the targeted assistance program as necessary.
Benefits of Operating a Targeted Assistance Program
- Students who are identified as most academically at-risk of meeting Georgia's challenging state academic standards are eligible to receive targeted support.
- Teachers and other staff members of eligible students are provided professional development to support eligible students.
- Parents of eligible students are provided training and resources to support their children.
Targeted Assistance Program Resources