watkinsGrants

Title I – A federally funded grant: Title I is a federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. It is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which was first passed in 1965.

Title IIa-A federally funded grant: Title IIa: is intended to increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom. Also, it is intended to ensure a district has highly qualified principals and assistant principals in their schools; as well as to hold local educational agencies and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.

 

Assessments

Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) are K–8 interim assessments that measure growth, project proficiency on high-stakes tests, and inform how educators differentiate instruction. It helps evaluate programs, and structure the curriculum. This District assessment is given 3 times during the year: Fall-August 29th –September 23rd; Winter-December 1st – December 23rd and Spring-April 26th –May 17th.

Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA). This is an adaptive assessment used to identify student needs in early literacy and math concepts in Bilingual classrooms. This test was used to screen and track progress in line with RtI.  It coordinates early identification and intervention efforts.  Also, it addresses early learning needs of students in Spanish & English. It is given in the Fall, Winter and Spring.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school. This test assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards which incorporates the Common Core and is administered in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades 3-8 level: March 9th thru April 13th.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) is a science assessment given to students enrolled in a public school district in grades 5 and 8 only. The assessment will be administered in an online format (March 1st thru March 10th ) and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014.

Any additional Assessments designated for our students are included in the Assessments & Grants Division.

Goals for the FY 2016-2017 School Year

  • Continue to support the curricular needs of our district using Title I & Title IIa funds.
  • Investigate and obtain additional Grants that will benefit & focus on the academic needs of all of our students.