Boulder Valley School District receives certain annual federal grants under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Funding under these grants is based upon student headcounts and census information rather than a competitive process (i.e. they are formula grants). All programs supported by these grants must be supplemental to our core educational program, which is already funded by state and local taxes.
Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Title I is designed to serve schools that enroll high percentages of low-income students. More than 80% of BVSD's Title I grant goes to such schools, where it is primarily used for intensified, extended or specialized instruction that enables struggling or at-risk students to catch up and keep up. BVSD's Title I schools are currently: Arapahoe Ridge High School, Columbine Elementary School, Emerald Elementary School, Justice High School, Esquela Bilingue Pioneer (elem), Alicia Sanchez Elementary, and University Hill Elementary. BVSD also uses Title I to support elementary summer school, Family Literacy (adult ESL and GED), and services to homeless students.
Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals
Title II aims to help districts hire, retain, train, and advance teachers and school principals with the skills needed to obtain the best outcomes for their students. BVSD currently uses Title II funding to provide mentoring for new teachers, and professional development in mathematics in all schools and at all levels.
Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
Title III helps districts to expand and improve their ESL and bilingual language instruction. In the 2018-19 school year, BVSD is using this funding to develop stronger bilingual pathways from kindergarten through 12th grade, and to provide professional development for ESL teachers and school principals.
21st Century Schools
Title IV is a small grant with three mandatory focal areas: well-rounded education; safe and healthy schools; and improved, innovative or expanded use of technology in the classroom. This year, BVSD plans to use this grant for after-school foreign language classes, supports for students with chronic illness and absences, teacher training in Internet Safety, and some advanced math programming.
Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Education
This grant provides supplemental tutoring, leadership activities and cultural enrichment for American Indian students.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance
The McKinney-Vento Act requires all American school districts to identify students that are homeless and provide them with supports that allow them to stay in school, succeed academically, and participate in an equitable manner. BVSD funds a full-time homeless advocate who works with students, families and community agencies to provide services. This is not currently a separate grant, but a program supported by Title I.
Boulder Valley School District welcomes questions, information, advice, and opinions from parents, students, teachers, administrators, staff, partner agencies, and community members regarding the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs supported by ESSA grants. There are multiple avenues for a person to do this:
1) Use this Federal Programs Survey to contact the Office of Federal Programs for any reason. This forum is open year-round. All submissions will receive a response within one week.
To convey comments, feedback or advice, you can also:
2) Contact a member of the District Accountability Committee or a School Accountability Committee. You can also contact your school principal.
3) Attend a BVSD Budget Forum.
4) Attend the annual ESSA Public Consultation. This is for all stakeholders, specifically for input on ESSA Federal Programs. This meeting is held in the spring each year, at the BVSD Ed Center, prior to the development of the district's application for the next year's ESSA grant funding. A notice regarding the date and time of the consultation will appear here in the weeks preceding this event.
BVSD may also receive federal funding under competitive grants funded by ESSA, such as 21stCentury Learning Centers, and Empowering Action for School Improvement (EASI). BVSD also regularly receives federal funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA Parts B and C), and the Carl Perkins Vocational Education Act (Workforce Innovation and Training Act).
- Public Accountability
- Information For Parents of Students Attending Title I Schools
- BVSD Schools Served by Title I-A (2019-2020)
Public Accountability under ESSA and Colorado State Law
All school districts receiving ESSA funds, and all public schools and school districts in Colorado, are evaluated annually by the state education agency for their performance, using student participation in mandatory state assessments, academic achievement, academic growth, and postsecondary outcomes as measures. Districts are also monitored on teacher quality, using licensing, credentials, experience, and teacher evaluations as measures. Altogether, the 'accountability system' demonstrates how the district and each school are performing in serving their students, and this also forms the basis for a district's accreditation. The results of these evaluations must be made available to all parents and the public.
BVSD is currently "Accredited with Distinction" by the Colorado Department of Education. This is the highest ranking.
Link here to the state's accountability data system. Anyone can search by district and school to learn current ratings and results, as well as those for prior years. Viewers can also access district and school annual Unified Improvement Plans.
Requirements Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized in 2015 as the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA), Public Law 114-95
Under ESSA, parents of children attending US public schools that receive certain types of federal aid (Title I funding) have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and paraprofessionals who instruct their children. If you are a parent, you are allowed to ask for information about your child's classroom teacher(s), and the school district is required to provide this information in a timely manner.
The ESSA law also requires that any school receiving Title I funding inform parents if their child has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by an instructor who does not meet applicable state certification or licensure requirements for the grade level and/or the subject area that they are assigned to teach. If this occurs, you will receive a letter from the school district, and you may request additional information about your child's teacher(s).