Pursuing Excellence for Tomorrow's Challenges
2020 - 2021 Title I Schools
Harbison West Elementary School
Leaphart Elementary School
Nursery Road Elementary School
Seven Oaks Elementary School
H. E. Corley Elementary School
Dutch Fork Elementary School
Purpose of Title I
- Title I [of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)] is a federal program that provides opportunities for the children served to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet challenging state content standards.
- Title I resources are distributed to schools where needs are the greatest, in amounts sufficient to make a difference in the improvement of instruction.
- Title I coordinates services with other educational services and, to the degree possible, with health and social services programs.
- Title I provides greater decision-making authority and flexibility within the schools and for teachers. However, greater responsibility for student performance is the exchange made for this flexibility.
Parental and Family Engagement
- Family engagement is an integral part of the Title I program. Parents and family are encouraged to become partners in helping their children achieve and become actively involved in all aspects of the process of the Title I program, from the writing of the plan to its implementation and evaluation.
- A strong connection between the home and the school is a key element in student success. Materials, strategies, and help from teachers are available to all parents within a Title I school. Opportunities for active parent and family participation should include, but not be limited to open house, family workshops, school-family-student compacts, home visitation, parent-teacher organizations, conferences, monthly newsletters, and more.
- Federal legislation requires schools to utilize a portion of their Title I funds to support parent and family engagement. Parents and family should contact the school principal with any comments or suggestions regarding the school’s parent and family engagement expenditures.
Parent and Family Engagement Policy and School-Parent-Student Compact
- Each Title I school is required to ask for input from parents and family regarding the development of a parent and family engagement policy and a school-family-student compact.
- The parent and family engagement policy explains how the school plans to work with parents and family to review and improve family programs and describes how family can participate in planning these programs.
- The school-parent-student compact outlines how parents and family, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the way in which the school and families will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards.
Title I Participation
Each of our six (6) Title I schools continually monitor the implementation of their Title I plan and welcome input from parents, school staff, and community members regarding its current and future Title I plans. If you would like to participate on your school’s Title I planning team or make comments on the plan, please contact the principal at your school.
Description & Explanation of Curriculum, Forms of Academic Assessment, and Proficiency Levels Students Are Expected to Meet
School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties provides a high-quality curriculum based upon the South Carolina Curriculum Standards. This curriculum has been approved by the South Carolina Board of Education and adopted by the District Five School Board. Textbooks used in the classrooms have been reviewed by a committee of teachers and adopted and endorsed by the State Department of Education. Specific educational programs in each school are targeted to meet the identified needs of the children in the school.
School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties administers a variety of standardized assessments to its students. The South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY), which is part of the state assessment program, is required for students in grades three through eight and measures student performance in ELA and MA on state standards. Levels of achievement include Not Met, Approaches, Meets, and Exceeds. Students in grades four through eight are also required to take the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards Science & Social Studies (SCPASS). Levels of achievement include Exemplary, Met, and Not Met. To monitor student progress throughout the year, all students are given teacher-prepared and textbook-provided assessments.
Based upon state and federal requirements all students in grades three through eight are expected to score Approaching, Meets, or Exceeds on the SC READY assessment.
Parent’s Right to Know
As a parent or family of a student enrolled in a Title I school, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and instructional assistants who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for the following information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires the District to give you this information in a timely manner:
- whether the teacher is certified to teach the subjects and/or grade levels the teacher is teaching,
- whether the teacher’s certificate is a waiver or substandard certificate,
- the teacher’s academic major, graduate degrees, if any, and
- the teacher’s certification area.
If you would like to receive this information, please call our Human Resources department at 803-476-8198.
South Carolina Department of Education Complaint Resolution Procedures
The State Department of Education (SDE) has the authority to hear complaints and appeals regarding certain federal programs and requires school districts to distribute the following information concerning the South Carolina Department of Education’s complaint resolution procedures:
- Organizations or individuals may file a complaint that applies to Title I within thirty days of receiving the decision by the school district or group of districts.
- Complaints and appeals must be made in writing and they must contain a statement indicating the violation, the facts on which the statement is based, and the specific requirement of law or regulation allegedly violated. Complaints and appeals must be filed with the State Superintendent of Education at the S.C. Department of Education, 1429 Senate Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201.
- The SDE will confirm receipt of the complaint within ten business days and will conduct an investigation to determine the merits of the complaint. The Deputy Superintendent will issue a final decision regarding the complaint within 60 days, except under exceptional circumstances that warrant an extension.
- The final decision of the SDE may be appealed to the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Education.