School districts with Title I schools that have not made Adequate Yearly Progress for three consecutive years in reading and/or math, must offer supplemental educational services for eligible students, beginning with the 2002-03 school year.
The goal of these services is to ensure that students increase their proficiency in meeting the state's academic achievement standards in reading and math. Services may include such assistance as tutoring, remediation, and academic intervention and must take place outside the regular school day.
Eligible children are from low-income families, as determined by the school district for the purpose of allocating funds under Title I. Priority must be given to the lowest-achieving children whenever funds are insufficient to meet the requests of all eligible children and their parents.
Parents choose the supplemental educational services provider for their children from among the providers approved by the state for their school district. Local school districts are required annually to notify parents of the availability of the state-approved services within the district boundaries or in neighboring districts. The school district must work to ensure parents have good, easy-to-understand information about the services. If requested, district staff also must help parents select a provider form the state-approved list.
Once a parent chooses a provider, school district staff will work with the parent and provider to develop a statement of specific achievement goals for the child, including how his or her progress will be measured and a timetable for improving achievement. If the child has disabilities, the agreement must be consistent with his/her individualized education program.
The school district will pay for supplemental educational services for each participating child in an amount which is the lesser of the following: (1) the school district's Title I, Part A allocation; or (2) actual cost of the services received by each child (section 1116(e)(6). The school district is not required to provide transportation for supplemental services, nor is it required to spend more than the amount equal to 5 percent of its Title I allocation on supplemental services. However, if a school district does not incur any choice-related transportation costs and there is sufficient demand for supplemental services to require the expenditure of the full amount equal to 20 percent of its Title I, Part A, allocation, a school district must spend the full 20 percent on supplemental services.
The FDOE is required to compile a list of service providers by school district. Eligible providers include nonprofit and for-profit entities and local education agencies. Public and private schools, cooperate educational service agencies, after-school learning centers, institutions of higher education, and faith-based organizations, including churches, mosques, and temples, may apply. These providers must:
- have demonstrated their effectiveness in increasing student academic achievement;
- be capable of providing supplemental educational services that are consistent with the instructional program of the local educational agency and the state's academic content and student achievement standards;
- ensure that instruction and content are secular, neutral, and non-ideological;
- ensure that all individuals are qualified and have successfully completed criminal background checks;
- be financially sound; and
- meet applicable federal, state, and local health, safety, and civil rights laws.