District Mission Statement
District and school-based Title 1 parent Involvement Programs in Polk County will strive to build RELATIONSHIPS to create real family engagement for every child, every family, every teacher, every day.
Title 1 Program Facilitator
Families Are Important
The goal of Title 1 is to improve student achievement through:
- Effective Instruction
- Professional Development
- Family Involvement
Studies show that the more parents are involved in the education of their child, the more academically successful that child will be. The goal of the Title 1 Parent Involvement program is to give school-based Parent Involvement Facilitators information, materials and resources to enable them to provide for their parents at the school-level. It is the job of the Facilitator to give parents the tools and resources necessary for them to help their child at home. Everyone working together in this way gives the child the best possible support for doing well in school.
Family Involvement Night
How You Can Be Part of Title 1
- Attend the Annual Parent Meeting, Open House, orientation and other programs at your school.
- Meet your child's teacher. You will be requested to attend at least one Parent-Teacher Conference during the year.
- Read the School/Parent compact carefully. The compact outlines expectations for the school, the parent, and the student.
- Volunteer to be a member of the SIP planning team in order to help develop and implement the school's family involvement plan.
- Make suggestions and complete surveys to help us improve.
- Participate in your child's education by working with the teacher and attending training workshops to learn how to help your child be successful in school.
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is part of Florida's overall plan to increase student achievement by implementing higher standards. The FCAT, administered to students in grades 3-11, consists of tests that measure selected benchmarks in mathematics, reading, science, and writing from the Sunshine State Standards (SSS). Participating students include all students working toward a standard high school diploma, including English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities. Grade 3 students must earn an FCAT reading score of Level 2 or higher on a scale of 1-5 in order to be promoted to grade 4. Requirements of FCAT scores for passing to the next grade level may be found in the district's Pupil Progression Plan.
The best understanding of a student's academic achievement comes from looking at multiple pieces of evidence (including FCAT scores) collected over time. Developmental Scale Scores were introduced in 2002 to track student progress over time and across grade levels to indicate student "growth," or "learning gains." For this reason, they are the scores students and parents receive on their FCAT Reading and FCAT Mathematics Student and Parent Reports. By using FCAT Developmental Scale Scores, parents can monitor their student's academic progress from one grade to the next. By comparing a student's scores in the same FCAT subject for two or more years with the associated mean scores (or with the various Achievement Levels) for those years, it is possible to identify whether a student's performance improved, declined, or remained consistent.
Important Links and Documents
- District Title 1 Home Page
- District Title 1 Parent Involvement Plan
- District Title 1 Parent Involvement Plan Summary
- District Title 1 Parent Involvement Plan Summary (Spanish)
- District Title 1 Parent Involvement Plan Summary (Haitian Creole)
- School Improvement Plan
- SPAR Report
- School Parent Involvement Plan
- School PIP Summary Page 1
- School PIP Summary Page 2
- School PIP Summary Page 1 (Spanish)
- School PIP Summary Page 2 (Spanish)
- School-Parent Compact
- School-Parent Compact (Spanish)
- Right to Know letter
- Right to Know letter (Spanish)
- Right to Know letter (Haitian/Creole)
- The Parent Institute Link
- The Parent Guide
The School Wide Concept
The school wide concept is part of a Federal Aid to Education Program called Title 1. Title 1 money is allocated to school districts based on the number of low-income children it serves. Each school develops an individual School Improvement Plan with goals and strategies based on the specific needs of the students of that school.
Please tell us how we can build a better partnership between home and school. Send your comments to:
Polk County Schools
Title 1 Programs
P.O. Box 391
Bartow, FL 33831