Federal Programs at ACS
The Federal Programs department at Albertville City Schools manages federal money in an effort to ensure that all students have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high- quality education. There is a focus on all students, at a minimum, meeting proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state assessments. Federal money supports programs that are directed to students who are most at-risk of failing to meet these standards, especially those who are adversely affected by poverty. The goal is to close the achievement gap between high and low performing students, especially the gap between disadvantaged children and their more advantaged peers.
Title I-A - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Title I-A is the largest federal aid to education program in the United States. Title I-A programs enable schools to provide opportunities for children served to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the state content and performance standards developed for all children and to promote effective parent involvement. Eligible schools may use Title I-A funds for supplemental instructional materials, technology, additional staff, professional development, parent involvement programs and materials, and extended day/year programs. Funds under this program are intended to provide supplemental instruction and resources to aide students who are determined to be "educationally at-risk." Services such as tutoring, supplemental instruction, homework help, etc., may be part of the Title I-A support at a school.
Title I-C - Migrant Education Program
The goal of Title I-C is to ensure that all migratory children reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning and productive employment. Funds support high quality education programs for migratory children and help ensure that migratory children who move among the states are not penalized by disparities among states in curriculum, graduation requirements, and challenging state academic standards. Title I-C can support a range of activities and services to support the needs of migratory children, including identifying and recruiting migratory children, providing instructional and support services, graduation-planning assistance, health and dental care, clothing, and transportation.
Title II-A - Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers and Principals
Title II-A funds support professional development activities designed to prepare, train and recruit highly qualified teachers and principals. Title II-A funds are used to support intensive high quality professional development activities in the core academic subjects. Funds under this program may be used to hire teachers to reduce class size or to provide professional learning opportunities for staff.
Title III-A - Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
Title III-A funds are supplemental to the core program and are used for professional development, materials/supplies, parenting, and extended year programs. Funds under this program are provided to support learning for students for whom English is not the primary language.
Title IV-A - Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Program
Title IV, Part A of the ESEA is the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program. The SSAE program is intended to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of state educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and local communities to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. Funds under this program may be used to provide supplemental services/support for direct services, professional development, salaries, and materials/supplies.
Title V-B - Rural Education Achievement Program
Title V-B is designed to help rural districts that may lack the personnel and resources to compete effectively for Federal competitive grants and that often receive grant allocations in amounts that are too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes.
Title IX - Homeless Education Assistance (McKinney-Vento)
The purpose of Title IX is to ensure that all children and youth living in homeless situations (defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence) have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education provided to other children and youth. The Albertville City Schools System has developed policies to remove any barriers that would hinder their academic success and provide them with the same educational services and opportunities to meet the same challenging state student performance standards to which all students are held. Funding may be budgeted to provide instructional materials and supplies, medical supplies and services, transportation assistance, non-instructional materials and supplies, and tutorial services for students that meet eligibility guidelines.