Private school officials and staff who work directly with private school children who participate in Title I may be included in professional development activities. In addition, parents of private school participants may participate in professional development activities if appropriate. Public school teachers who provide Title I services to private school children must be provided professional development, if needed. (See "Professional Development" guidance.)
An LEA must assess annually the progress of the Title I program toward enabling private school Title I participants to meet the State's challenging student performance standards (or the LEA's alternative standards). Generally, an LEA must assess the progress of the Title I program using the State's definition of adequate yearly progress. However, the LEA may need to modify that definition, in consultation with private school officials, to better measure the progress for participating private school children. In measuring adequate yearly progress, the LEA has the flexibility to group children in a manner that will provide the most accurate information of this progress. For example, the LEA may decide to group children by the type of instructional method, grade level, school, or other appropriate basis.
In general, an LEA must use the State assessment system (i.e., the final assessment required under section 1111(b)(3) of Title I or the transitional assessment under section 1111(b)(7)) as well as any additional measures or indicators the LEA deems necessary to measure how well the Title I program is enabling the private school students to meet the State's challenging student performance standards. In some instances, however, it may not be appropriate for the LEA to use the State assessment system. If the LEA, in consultation with private school officials, determines that the State assessment would not provide accurate information about the progress of participating private school children, the LEA may use other assessment measures that more accurately reflect the progress of those children toward meeting the State's standards.
If an LEA determines that the Title I program serving private school children has not made adequate progress (or met the criteria established by the State for transitional assessments) for two consecutive school years, the LEA must develop a program improvement plan that has the greatest likelihood of improving the performance of participating children in meeting the State's student performance standards.
Q39. In what subjects does an LEA assess private school children?
A. An LEA normally would assess private school children in the subjects in which the LEA provides Title I services to those children.
Q40. May Title I funds be used to assess private school children?
A. Title I funds may be used to assess private school children if the assessment is being used only for Title I purposes. To the extent, however, that an assessment is conducted for other purposes, it may not be paid for from Title I funds. For example, if private school children, in general, are included in the State assessment, Title I funds may not be used to pay for the assessment of those private school children participating in Title I.
To implement a bypass, funds are deducted from the LEA's Title I allocation. In computing the amount to be deducted, administrative costs for serving private school children and capital expenses are included in the amount deducted from the allocation. Funds for educational services are generated on the basis of the number of low-income private school children residing in participating public school attendance areas. The Department ensures that services are provided in a cost-effective manner.