ESEA Flexibility Waiver Update
The United States Department of Education approved Ohio’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver request for flexibility from portions of the No Child Left Behind legislation on May 29, 2012. With this waiver approval many changes will take place in our district.
TPS is no longer required to offer Public School Choice, however, students can remain in their PSC school for the 2012-2013 school year but transportation will not be reimbursed.
TPS is no longer required to offer Supplemental Education Services (SES). Funds that were set aside for this program are being channeled towards district wide improvement with an emphasis on our lowest achieving schools (priority, focus and alert) as identified by the Ohio Department of education.
- Historic professional development initiative for all K-12 teachers throughout the school year that focuses on: standards, instructional practices, data and assessment. All teachers will be held accountable and offered intensive support to improve teaching practices which will in turn improve student achievement.
- Additional staff in our lowest achieving schools that will focus on interventions based on assessment data. The support staff will work with those K-3 students that are not “on track” per the reading diagnostic assessment.
- Each school will have a specialized tutoring program with HQ teachers who work on areas of need with the lowest achieving students. Progress will be monitored and tutoring will be based on this data.
- Adopting an assessment for K-3 students to identify those that will not be proficient by the end of 3rd grade. This data will be used to develop an improvement and monitoring plan for each student. Interventions will be tailored to the plan and be facilitated by extensively trained district teachers.