Title 1

Dear Highland Patrons,

On December 10, 2015, President Obama reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The new law, known now as Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replaces the previous reauthorization known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, enacted in 2002. ESSA builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country. It will be fully operational in school year 2017-18, and a lot of work needs to be done between now and then as we make the transition.

What does this mean for Highland students? First, the district and each school will continue to review all student progress, make sure that we have programs and options in place to address specific student concerns and revise our improvement plans, if needed. Second, we will continue to develop strategies, policies and practices that use scientifically based research. Third, our staff will continue to receive high-quality professional development, minimally using the required 10% of the Title 1 allocation to support those efforts. Fourth, Public School Choice (PSC) and Supplementary Education Services (SES) will no longer be available within the Highland School District. Both of these programs were minimally used last year. Finally, parents will continue to be invited and encouraged to take part in that process as well as to help us implement additional strategies to promote effective parent participation in their student’s education.

We will keep you updated and informed about opportunities to discuss plans for our school. If you have questions, need additional information on how you can get involved in our school improvement efforts, or would like to discuss the school’s instructional program and school improvement status, please feel free to call the principal and/or visit your child’s school.

We are still required to provide the public with an annual report card. Highland's report card for 15/16 is posted in the resource files on this page. You can also see each school’s AYP reports and compare them to the reports from every school in the district and state on the OSPI website: http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx

School Improvement Plan -We are revising our school improvement plans. We will continue to develop strategies, policies and practices that use scientifically based research. Our staff will continue to receive high-quality professional development. Parents are invited and encouraged to take part in that process as well as to help us implement additional strategies to promote effective parent involvement in the schools. Please understand, however, that all this was going on even while we were not required to meet AYP requirements.

State and District Support – The District and OSPI are providing extra support to help analyze data reports and improve curriculum, strengthen core academic instruction, and work with parents to improve student learning across the district. Again, this was going on before we lost our AYP waiver.

Parental Involvement – Parents are strongly encouraged to get involved at our school. Re- search shows that when parents are a part of the school community, students are more successful. Please call the principal at your child’s school to learn about

  • Parental involvement policies
  • School-parent compact
  • Ongoing parent/community meetings`
  • Parent volunteer opportunities

We will keep you updated and informed about opportunities to discuss plans for our school. If you have questions, need additional information on how you can get involved in our school improvement efforts, or would like to discuss the school’s instructional program and school improvement status, please feel free to call the principal and/or visit your child’s school.

If you have any concerns or questions about the programs in your child's school please contact the building principal. If you feel your concerns have not been adequately address please refer to the complain process posted at the bottom of this page.