District and school-based Title I Parent Involvement Programs in Polk County will strive to build RELATIONSHIPS to create real family engagement for every child, every family, every teacher, every day.
Title I Parent Overview
The goal of Title I is to improve student achievement through effective instruction, professional development, and family involvement. Parent involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities. Additional information can be found in the School Improvement Plan (SIP).
Gibbions Street Elementary’s Parent Compact
This is an agreement between the school, parents, and student explaining how the responsibility will be shared to improve student achievement. Each parent/guardian should review the compact with their child. A parent or guardian and the student are required to sign and date the compact. After signing, please have your child return the compact to his/her first period teacher or to the Title I Office.
Gibbions Street Elementary’s Parental Involvement Plan/Summary
The Parent Involvement Plan (PIP) explains what Gibbions Street Elementary will do to assist parents in becoming more engaged in their student’s education as required by the Title I program. Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities.
District Title I Parental Involvement Plan
The Districts Parent Involvement Plan is information regarding the Title I program at the district level. Take time to review it and use it as a reference for questions you may have about the Title I program at the district. Please complete the comment portion and return it to your child’s teacher or the Title I Office.
Title I provides newsletters for parents, students, and teachers with information on how to become more involved with each child’s education. These newsletters are from The Parent Institute and Resources for Educators. Additional information can be found on the Polk County Schools Title I home page.
Right to Know Letter
The federal law defines a Highly Qualified teacher as one who is: fully certified and/or licensed by the state; holds at least a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution; and demonstrates competence in each core academic subject area the teacher is assigned to teach. The PCSB provides support for this teacher through the development of a plan to complete these requirements by the end of the school year.
Polk County School District must inform parents attending a Title I school of their right to request information about the professional qualifications of both the teachers and the paraprofessionals who teach and work with their children. Additional information is found in the Right to Know Letter.
Explanation of State and District Test Scores:
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® (FCAT) is part of Florida’s overall plan to increase student achievement by implementing higher standards. The FCAT, administered to students in grades 3-11, consists of tests that measure selected benchmarks in mathematics, reading, science, and writing from the Sunshine State Standards (SSS). Participating students include all students working toward a standard high school diploma, including English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities. Grade 3 students must earn an FCAT Reading score of Level 2 or higher on a scale of 1 – 5 in order to be promoted to grade 4. Requirements of FCAT scores for passing to the next grade level may be found in the district’s Pupil Progression Plan.
The best understanding of a student’s academic achievement comes from looking at multiple pieces of evidence (including FCAT scores) collected over time. Developmental Scale Scores were introduced in 2002 to track student progress over time and across grade levels to indicate student “growth,” or “learning gains.” For this reason, they are the scores students and parents receive on their FCAT Reading and FCAT Mathematics Student and Parent Reports. By using FCAT Developmental Scale Scores, parents can monitor their student’s academic progress from one grade to the next. By comparing a student’s scores in the same FCAT subject for two or more years with the associated mean scores (or with the various Achievement Levels) for those years, it is possible to identify whether a student’s performance improved, declined, or remained consistent.
Please stop by one of our Parent Resource Centers, where we have a variety of resources for both parents and students. Additional information can also be found on the District websites.