LAKE STEVENS SCHOOL DISTRICT

Inspiring Excellence

Who to Contact 

Title I, LAP
John Gebert, Ed.D., Executive Director of Secondary Education
425-335-1624
john_gebert@lkstevens.wednet.edu

ELL, Title II
Graham Cook, Executive Director of Elementary Education
425-335-1592
graham_cook@lkstevens.wednet.edu


Title I Programs
Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally vulnerable students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities that support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state’s challenging performance standards in math, reading and writing.

Funding is determined by the percentage of low income students in school districts and at individual schools. In Lake Stevens, Hillcrest, Mount Pilchuck and Skyline Elementary Schools receive Title I services. Lake Stevens Middle School also receives these services.

 
Identified Schools
Schools that are currently, or have been served in the recent past, by Title I, Part A may be identified as a Priority, Focus or Emerging school due to the low performance of the entire school or a particular subgroup of students. In Lake Stevens we have two schools identified as Emerging due to the lack of significant growth of special education students. The two schools are Lake Stevens Middle School and Cavelero Mid High School. More information about the identification of Priority, Focus or Emerging school identification can be found on the OSPI website, http://www.k12.wa.us/ESEA/

Specific performance data for our Emerging schools can also be found on the OSPI Report Card, 
http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?schoolId=217&OrgType=3&reportLevel=District&year=2012-13
 

Parent Involvement
Parents involvement is an expected, integral and valued part of a successful Title I program. Lake Stevens School District has a Parent Involvement Policy and welcomes your feedback on its content and effectiveness.

Parental involvement can influence the success of their child more than any teacher or federal program. By becoming an active participant in the Title I Parent Involvement plan at your student's school, you will: 

  • Serve as a role model, showing students that you support his/her education;
  • Assure that you are aware of your student's educational progress; thereby demonstrating how important that progress is to you; and
  • Teach your student that your input at the school is appreciated and that you support its efforts.
Each fall, meetings are held at the Educational Service Center and at each Title-served school to share information and gather parental input. Each spring, a survey is conducted to gather feedback to help shape our programs.

Additional information is available on the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website or by contacting John Gebert at 425-335-1624 or john_gebert@lkstevens.wednet.edu. OSPI also publishes a Title I Parent's Guide, which explains the state and federal programs. 

Title II Programs
The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified. Title II, A funds are used to address the challenges of teacher and principal quality. This includes teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development and retention. In addition, Title II, A funds are used to improve the skills and knowledge of principals for effective school leadership.

LAP
The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) is Washington's state-funded program (WAC 392-162 and Chapter 28A.165 RCW) that provides additional academic support to eligible students.

Eligible Students
Eligible students are those achieving below grade level on the state’s assessment, and 11th- and 12th-grade students at risk of not graduating. Achievement on district assessment of basic skills may also be considered.

LAP funds are available to support programs in grades K-12 in reading, writing, mathematics and readiness for those subjects.

Accelerated Student Learning Plans are required for LAP-served students.

LAP funds support programs in grades K-12 in:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Readiness for Reading, Writing and Mathematics

Additional information is available on the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website.

English Language Learners (ELL)
Lake Stevens School District offers a program for students where English is a second language. The primary purpose of the ELL program is to provide students with an educational environment that gives them the best opportunity for success.

The district’s K-12 ELL program is designed to develop competency in English as rapidly as possible in order to provide a language base for the regular curriculum. The program focuses on developing oral proficiency with the integration of reading and writing as the student progresses through the various stages involved in learning a new language.

As part of our registration process for new students, parents must respond to questions regarding the student’s first language. If the first language is anything other than English, the student is referred to the ELL program staff for testing. Access to the ELL program is determined by a student’s score on the Washington State English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA Placement), upon entry into school.

Students who score as Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced qualify for ELL services. English Language Learner students are taught by teachers trained in ELL methodology who provide specialized instruction. In accordance with state law, students exit from ELL when they score as Transitional on the WELPA.

Federal Program Complaint Procedures
Lake Stevens School District makes every effort possible to implement all Federal Programs authorized under ESEA with fidelity and to the fullest extent expected by all requirements of federal statute and state law.  If there is reason to believe that this has not happened, a formal complaint may be filed by following the procedures provided below:

WAC 392-168, Special Service Programs – Citizen Complaint Procedure for Certain Categorical Federal Programs (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=392-168), applies to federal programs authorized under ESEA and administered by OSPI. Any individual or organization may file a signed, written complaint if the individual or organization believes the state, a local school district, an educational service district, or other sub-grantee has violated one or more requirements of federal statutes or regulations or state regulations that apply to a federal program.

The formal written complaint should include:

  • A statement that the district, other educational agency, or in some cases OSPI, has violated a requirement of a federal statue or regulation.
  • The specific requirement alleged to have been violated.
  • The facts on which the complaint is based.
  • The name and address of the complainant.
  • The expected resolution of the alleged violation.
  • The signature of the complainant.

A complaint should be sent directly to: 

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Attn: Title I/LAP and Consolidated Program Review Office
PO Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200

Receipt of a complaint activates a time limit not to exceed sixty (60) calendar days. After a complaint is received by OSPI, a copy of the complaint, along with any accompanying documentation, is sent to the school district, and the district is asked to respond to the allegations. A copy of the district’s response is sent to the complainant, and he or she is given an opportunity to reply to the district’s response. After review of all information,

OSPI will make an independent determination as to whether the district is in violation of any federal program requirement as authorized under NCLB or WAC 392-168. OSPI will issue a written decision to the complainant that addresses each allegation and may provide technical assistance activities or negotiations and corrective measures necessary to resolve the complaint. All actions shall be instituted no later than thirty (30) calendar days following the date of the decision. The written decision by OSPI is the final decision in the matter. A complaint is considered resolved when the superintendent has issued a written decision and corrective measures, if warranted, have been completed. Appeals to OSPI decisions can be made to the United States Department of Education. 

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