The School Site Council (SSC) is a stakeholder group that is required for schools who receive Federal funding. River Springs Charter School receives four federal funding allocations:
Title I – Improving Academic Achievement
Title II – Teacher/Principal Training (Staff Development)
Title III – Limited English Proficient (English Learners)
Title IV – Safe and Drug Free Schools
As a SSC, we are tasked with overseeing the expenditures of funds in both Title I and Title III programs. These expenditures must be within the federal guidelines for these programs and adhere to the Single School District Plan (SSDP) that is developed/revised each year. River Springs is a Local Education Agency (LEA), not a “school”, for purpose of Title I. The SSDP was developed in the summer of 2012 by a portion of the stakeholders in this group, and approved by our Governing Board. This document will remain in effect until 2017, with annual revisions.
Title I is defined as:
The Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA; formerly NCLB) requires all states to implement statewide accountability systems based on challenging state standards in reading and mathematics, annual testing for all students in grades three through eight, and annual statewide progress objectives ensuring that all groups of students reach proficiency within 12 years. Assessment results are disaggregated by socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, disability, and limited English proficiency to ensure that no group is left behind. LEAs and schools that fail to make AYP toward statewide proficiency goals are subject to improvement and corrective action measures.
In California, Program Improvement (PI) is the formal designation for Title I-funded schools and LEAs that fail to make AYP for two consecutive years. Once in PI, a school or LEA that fails to make AYP will advance further in PI status.
River Springs is a Targeted Assistance School (TAS):
Title I, Part A, funds in a targeted assistance school (TAS) are used in the following ways:
- To provide services to eligible children identified by the school as failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the state’s academic content standards.
- To supplement the services that would be provided by nonfederal sources, in the absence of the Title I, Part A, funds.
- To support methods and instructional strategies that are proven to be effective and that strengthen the core curriculum.
River Springs is currently in Year 6 of Program Improvement (PI) for math and Year 5 for English-Language Arts (ELA). Due to this, there are certain restrictions for expenditures. These restrictions include 20% for Supplemental Education Services (SES)/tutoring, 10% for staff development, and 1% for parent outreach.
Supplemental Educational Services (SES):
Supplemental educational services (SES) are additional academic instruction provided outside of the regular school day and designed to increase the academic achievement of students attending schools in Program Improvement (PI) Years 2 through 5. SES, or free tutoring, must be high quality, research based, and specifically designed to increase student academic achievement. Eligible students are all low-income students who attend Title I PI Years 2 through 5 schools.
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