State and Federal Programs
The Crestwood School District oversees the Title I, Title II, Title III (English Learners) and 31a (At Risk) funding the district receives from the State of Michigan and the U.S. government. These funds are used to provide supplemental education opportunities for eligible students
Section 31a - At Risk
Section 31a of the State School Aid Act provides funding to eligible districts for the intent and purposes focused on the following student outcomes: attending school regularly, reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, being proficient in mathematics by the end of 8th grade, and being career and college ready by high school graduation. Funds afforded through Section 31a At Risk are limited to instructional services and direct non-instructional services to pupils. They may not be used for administration or other related costs. An “At Risk Pupil” is a pupil that means any of the listed criteria as identified in Section 31a.
- Economically disadvantaged
- English learner
- Chronically absent as defined and reported to CEPI
- Victim of child abuse or neglect
- Pregnant teenager or teenage parent
- Family history of school failure, incarceration, or substance abuse
- Did not complete high school in four years and still in school
- Did not achieve proficiency on ELA, mathematics, science or social studies state summative assessment
- At risk of not meeting the LEA's core academic curricular objectives in ELA or mathematics based on local assessments
The Title I program is designed to help disadvantaged children meet high academic standards by participating in either a school wide or a targeted assistance program. School wide programs are implemented in high-poverty schools following a year of planning with external technical assistance and use Title I funds to upgrade the entire educational program of the school. Targeted assistance programs provide supplementary instruction to children who are failing or most at risk of failing to meet the district's core academic curriculum standards. School-based decision-making, professional development, and parent involvement are important components of each district's Title I program.
The Crestwood School District currently has three Title I elementary schools and one Title I middle school which are school wide programs. Each school receives an allocation of the district’s Title I funds based on the school’s poverty level and total enrollment. Each school determines the use of the funds as a result of information gathered in the School Improvement process. For the most part, these funds are used for additional instructional staff and counseling staff who work with eligible students in their area of need.
Parents' Right to Know Staff Qualifications
In accordance with the requirement of Section 1111 of Title I, for each school receiving Title I funds, all parents of students in that school may request, and the District will provide, information on the qualifications of the instructional staff working with their children.
Title II – Improving Teacher Quality
The purpose of Title II is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified.
In exchange, agencies that receive funds are held accountable to the public for improvements in academic achievement. Title II provides these agencies with the flexibility to use these funds creatively to address challenges to teacher quality, whether they concern teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, teacher retention, or the need for more capable principals and assistant principals to serve as effective school leaders.
The Crestwood School District uses Title II funds for staff professional development in all content areas.
Title III – English Learner & Immigrant Education Programs
The Title III program is designed to assure speedy acquisition of English language proficiency, assist students to achieve in the core academic curriculum, and to assist students to meet State standards. It also provides immigrant students with high quality instruction to meet challenging State standards, and assists the transition of immigrant children and youth into American society.
The Crestwood School District uses Title III and Immigrant funds to provide additional support materials including texts in a variety of native languages and for ESL teachers and paraprofessionals to assist staff in utilizing evidence-based instructional strategies to meet the needs of EL students.
Title IV – Understanding the Flexible Block Grant
Title IV, Part A authorizes activities in three broad areas:
- Providing students with a well-rounded education including programs such as college and career counseling, STEM, arts, civics and International Baccalaureate/Advanced Placement.
- Supporting safe and healthy students with comprehensive school mental health, drug and violence prevention, training on trauma-informed practices, and health and physical education.
- Supporting the effective use of technology that is backed by professional development, blended learning and educational technology devices.
Do you have a concern?
If you have a concern regarding any of the supplemental services programs within the Crestwood School District, which includes Title I, Title II, Title III (English Learners) and 31a (At-Risk), you should always feel comfortable contacting your child’s building principal.