What Is a Schoolwide Program?
Per ESEA under ESSA, Medford School District must allocate Title I-A funding to all schools above 75% poverty. These schools qualify as Schoolwide Programs. In a schoolwide program, an LEA may use Title I-A funds to implement reforms to upgrade the entire educational program of the school.
Each of the eleven Schoolwide Programs has its own decision-making process. Parents, community members, teachers, and other staff decide what steps are necessary to help all students meet high state standards. There is a great deal of local decision-making and flexibility in the Schoolwide Programs. Parents can request information regarding the highly qualified status of their child’s teacher.