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U.S. Department of Education FY 1999 Annual Plan - February 27, 1998

Indian Education


Indian Education -- $66,000,000 (FY 99)
Goal: To assist American Indian and Alaska Native children achieve to the same challenging standards expected of all students by supporting access to programs that meet their special educational and culturally related academic needs.
Objectives Indicators Source and Next Update Strategies
1. American Indian and Alaska Native (Indian) students served by LEAs receiving Indian Education grants will progress at rates similar to those for all students in attendance, achievement to standards, promotion, and graduation. 1.1 Student attendance. Increasing percentages of LEAs receiving Indian Education grants will demonstrate improved attendance rates among Indian students and rates comparable to those for all students.

1.2 Student achievement. Increasing percentages of Indian students will meet or exceed the performance standards that are established by the state, district, or tribe (as appropriate), or on national assessments. In 1994, 48% of American Indian students in grade 4 and over 60% in grade 8 were at or above the basic level in reading proficiency; in 1996 over 50% of American Indian students in grades 4 and 8 scored at or above the basic level in mathematics.

1.3 Student promotion and graduation. Increasing percentages of Indian students will progress from one grade level to the next and graduate at rates comparable to all students.

1.4 Student academic course completion. Increasing percentages of Indian students will complete college preparatory courses at rates similar to all students.

1.1 Sample of school/district data (attendance records); Indian Education Annual Performance Reports, 1999.

1.2 Indian Education Annual Performance Reports, 1999; NAEP, 1996; Longitudinal Survey of Schools, 1999.

1.3 Indian Education Annual Performance Reports, 1999.

1.4 NCES transcript data, 1999.

• Coordinate with other ESEA programs (e.g., Title I) to help Indian children progress at rates similar to those for all students in attendance, achievement to standards, promotion, and graduation (e.g., provide coordinated guidance to grantees and encourage joint planning by local staff from both the Indian Education and Title I programs on how to identify and address the needs of Indian children).

• Work with LEAs to ensure that Indian Education applications reflect the accomplishment of local and state standards by Indian children.

2. Parents or guardians, school systems, tribes, and local communities will become active partners in children's learning in school, home, and the community, to help children meet the standards for academic excellence that are held for all students. 2.1 Partnerships. Increasing percentages of LEAs receiving Indian Education grants will form partnerships with appropriate local organizations and community groups to improve school readiness among Indian children.

2.2 Parental involvement. Increasing percentages of parents and guardians of Indian students will participate in educational activities at school (e.g., parent committees and volunteering) and at home.

2.1 Indian Education Annual Performance Reports, 1999; Indian Education program applications, 1999; Longitudinal Survey of Schools, 1999.

2.2 Indian Education Annual Performance Reports, 1999; Indian Education program applications, 1999; Longitudinal Survey of Schools, 1999.

• Promote unique collaborative community and LEA partnerships that combine federal programs and resources at the local level (including tribal organizations) to meet the needs of Indian children.

• Encourage SEAs and LEAs to be sensitive to the unique needs of the parents of Indian children and will encourage parents' full participation and inclusion in the education of their children.

3. LEAs receiving Indian Education grants will build the capacity of school systems and native communities to implement teaching and learning strategies that are aligned with challenging standards in core academic areas, and that incorporate the special educational and culturally related academic needs of Indian students. 3.1 Responsive schools. Increasing percentages of LEAs that serve Indian students will use instructional strategies in core academic areas (e.g., mathematics, reading, science, and social studies) that are aligned with challenging standards and that incorporate needs of Indian students.

3.2 Local programs' professional development. Increasing percentages of LEAs will offer professional development opportunities that address strategies for incorporating Indian culture and language in curriculum and address the needs of Indian students.

3.1 Indian Education Annual Performance Reports, 1999; Indian Education program applications, 1999.

3.2 Same as 3.1.

• Hold workshops and institutes, and provide onsite technical assistance and reviews on how to meet the special educational and culturally related academic needs of Indian children.
4. Assist LEAs to align their Indian Education programs with local reform efforts, including:
  • Comprehensive plans
  • Needs assessment
  • Measurable objectives
  • Outcome-based goals
  • Annual evaluation
4.1 Program alignment. Increasing percentages of LEAs will report alignment between Indian Education programs and local reform efforts by FY 1999.

4.2 Comprehensive Plans. Increasing percentages of Indian Education comprehensive plans will reflect the standards set by the ESEA.

4.1 Indian Education Annual Performance Reports, 1999; Indian Education program applications, 1999.

4.2 Same as 4.1.

• Hold workshops, and institutes, and provide onsite technical assistance in reviews.
5. Research, evaluation, and data collection will provide information on the educational status of Indian children to improve education programs and to provide information for policy decisions. 5.1 Program development. Increasing percentages of Indian Education programs will utilize information from research, evaluation, and data collection on the educational status of Indian children to revise and improve their programs and services to Indian children.

5.2 Policy information. Research and evaluation on Indian Education will inform the national Indian education community and provide direction to policymakers at the national or state level, tribes, and the general public, about the condition of education for Indian children.

5.1 Schools and Staffing Survey, 1999-2000.

5.2 Schools and Staffing Survey, 1999-2000.

• Disseminate Indian Education research, evaluation, and data collection products to the Indian Education community, policymakers at the national or state level, tribes, and the general public.

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