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Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Title IA:  Improving Basic Programs

Title I is a federal education program under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). This program provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. For additional information please contact the Director of Federal Programs or see the State Department of Education site:  https://www.oregon.gov/ode/schools-and-districts/grants/ESEA/IA/Pages/default.aspx

What is Title I?

Title I is a federal program of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 that supports programs in schools and school districts to improve the learning of children from low-income families. The U.S. Department of Education provides Title I funds to states to give to school districts based on the number of children from low-income families in each district.
Parents May Inquire about Teacher Qualifications

The Woodburn School District is committed to providing quality instruction for all students and does so by employing the most qualified individuals to teach and support each student in the classroom. All teachers who teach in core academic subject areas are required to be Highly Qualified. Parents of children enrolled in a Title I School may request information concerning the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher(s) including the degrees held, certifications held, and whether the teacher is certified in the area he/she is teaching. Request for this information may be submitted to the school principal. Highly Qualified teachers are fully certified and/or licensed by the state; hold at least a bachelor's degree from a four-year institution; and demonstrate competence in each core academic subject area in which they teach. Oregon’s school report cards report Highly Qualified information about your school and district. Title I schools must notify parents if their child has been assigned, or has been taught for at least four consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the Highly Qualified criteria. Parents also may request information concerning whether their child is receiving instruction by a teacher assistant, and if so, his/her qualifications.

Adequate Yearly Progress and School Improvement

Adequate Yearly Progress measures the progress of all elementary, middle and high schools in the Woodburn School District. Under the Oregon Department of Education's accountability system and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, school districts in Oregon are expected to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) performance targets, just like individual schools and the state as a whole.

Title I Terms

Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) — This is the term No Child Left Behind uses for a teacher who demonstrates that he or she knows the subjects he or she is teaching, has a college degree, and is state-certified. No Child Left Behind requires that schools hire Highly Qualified Teachers in core academic subjects.

WSD Title I Policy

Parent Involvement - Title I schools are required to increase and enhance opportunities for parental involvement; and to seek parental feedback on improving the school. Parent Involvement Plan- WSD will ensure effective involvement of parents by promoting activities that support a partnership among the school.

The general purpose of the Migrant Education Program (MEP) is to ensure that migrant children fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other children. To achieve this purpose, the MEP helps State Educational Agencies and local operating agencies address the unique educational needs of migrant children to better enable migrant children to succeed academically. More specifically, the purposes of the MEP are to:

  • Teacher Support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migrant children in order to reduce the educational disruption and other problems that result from the migrant life style; 
  • Ensure that migrant children who move among the States are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the States in curriculum, graduation requirements, and State academic content and student academic achievement standards; 
  • Ensure that migrant children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their needs in a coordinated and efficient manner; 
  • Ensure that migrant children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet; 
  • Design programs to help migrant children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit their ability to do well in school, and to prepare them to make a successful transition to postsecondary education or employment; and 
  • Ensure that migrant children benefit from State and local systemic reforms. 
Title 1-C Migrant Education

The purpose of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title II A funding is to provide grants to State educational agencies, local educational agencies, State agencies for higher education, and eligible partnerships in order to increase student academic achievement by increasing the number of highly qualified teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators in schools and classrooms.

For additional information please contact the Director of Federal Programs or visit the Oregon Department of Education’s site at

Title III is also a part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 proposed and signed into law by the George W. Bush Administration. It is specifically targeted to benefit Limited English Proficient (LEP) children and immigrant youth. The Act states that LEP students must not only attain English proficiency but simultaneously meet the same academic standards as their English-speaking peers in all content areas. Federal funding is provided to assist State Education Agencies (SEAs) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in meeting these requirements.

For additional information please contact the Director of Federal Programs or visit the Oregon Department of Education’s site at

The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program, ensures that homeless children and youth are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian.
Every school district in Oregon has at least one designated Homeless Student Liaison to provide direct assistance to homeless families and unaccompanied youths to access and achieve in school.

Homeless Assistance

In an effort to strengthen education support for students who find themselves and their families in temporary homeless circumstances, the U.S. Federal Government passed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431). The program is now referenced as “Title X.”
The term “homeless children and youth” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes students living in:

  • Double-up housing with other families or friends due to economic hardship.
  • Runaway/homeless youth shelters (even if parents invite the youth home).
  • Hotels or motels.
  • Shelters, including domestic violence shelters.
  • Cars, abandoned buildings, parks, the streets or other public spaces.
  • Campgrounds or inadequate trailer homes.

Students in homeless situations have the right to:

  • Get help enrolling and succeeding in school from the district’s liaison for the Education of Homeless Children and
  • Youth or from a designated building contact.
  • Stay in the school they went to before becoming homeless or whatever school they were enrolled in last (called “school or origin), even if they move out of the district, or they can choose to go to the local school in the area where they are living.
  • Get transportation to their school of origin provided or arranged by the school district, or a joint effort among school districts.
  • Get preschool services, apply for free school meals, and access to all educational services they are entitled to per state and federal regulations.

If you currently find yourself in any of the situations described above, you or your children are entitled to assistance so that their schooling can continue during this challenging time.

For more information go to: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/schools-and-districts/grants/ESEA/McKinney-Vento/Pages/default.aspx