The district will implement a learning assistance program designed to enhance educational opportunities for students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade who do not meet state English language arts or mathematics standards by providing supplemental instruction and services to those students. The district is committed to a learning assistance program that focuses first on addressing the needs of students in grades kindergarten through four who are deficient in reading or reading readiness skills. The learning assistance program may then be used to support underachieving students in grades kindergarten through twelve by providing supplemental reading, writing or math instruction, by addressing the needs of students to assist them in meeting state and district graduation requirements and to reduce disruptive behaviors in the classroom.
Selection of Students
Students participating in the district’s learning assistance program will be limited to the following:
A. Students enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve who score below standard for their grade level using multiple measures of performance, which may include the statewide student assessments or other assessments and performance measurement tools administered by the school or district;
B. Students in grades eleven or twelve who are at risk of not meeting state or local graduation requirements;
C. Students identified in eighth grade who are in need of high school transition services, which may continue up through the end of ninth grade; or
D. Students identified by the district as being significantly at-risk of not being successful in school and to be served under the district’s readiness to learn program.
The district will use best practices in providing learning assistance program services to participating students. The district will select practices and strategies in accordance with WAC 392-162-041.
Coordination with Other Programs
The district may coordinate federal, state and local programs in order to serve the maximum number of students who are below grade level in basic skills. Students receiving assistance in another special needs program may also be served in the learning assistance program if they meet student eligibility and selection requirements.
Annual Report to OSPI
The district will submit an annual report to the superintendent of public instruction detailing the following:
A. The amount of academic growth gained by students participating in the learning assistance program;
B. The number of students who gain at least one year of academic growth;
C. The specific practices, activities and programs used by each school building that received learning assistance funds; and
D. The number of students served by the learning assistance program during the school year who were able to exit the program because student academic growth resulted in meeting the academic standard for grade level.
Policy 6100 – Revenues from Local, State and Federal Sources
Policy 4130 – Title I Parental Involvement
Policy 2161 – Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students
Policy 2104 – Federal and/or State Funded Special Instructional Programs
Chapter 28A.165 RCW Learning Assistance Program
WAC 392-162 Special Service Program – Learning Assistance