Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
In December of 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law reauthorizing President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Gilbert Public School District currently receives federal funding through ESSA’s Title I, Title II and Title IV grants. The Office of Federal & State Programs at GPS provides support and assistance in managing those programs.
Title I funds currently provide additional reading, math and social/emotional support to those students with the greatest need in 10 of our Gilbert schools.
Title I is a federally funded program included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which supplements regular classroom instruction by providing support for students who are at risk of not meeting state academic standards. The purpose of Title I Part A - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged, is to provide a fair, equitable, and high-quality education to all children.
Schools meet criteria based on total student enrollment and the number of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. Schools between 35%-40% F & R are eligible to participate in a Targeted Assistance Title I Program. Schools above 40% F & R qualify for a Schoolwide Title I Program.
Gilbert Public School's Title I English Language Arts (ELA) Program specializes in providing high-quality instruction in addition to core classroom learning. We use multiple data sources to select students that will benefit from extra instruction from a trained Reading Specialist and/or a Title I Paraprofessional. Our ELA Title I programs are evidence-based and align with students' needs to enhance student success.
Gilbert Public School’s Title I Math Program specializes in providing personalized math instruction, delivered by a Math Specialist and/or Title I Paraprofessional, in addition to core classroom instruction. Multiple data points are used to identify students who would benefit from additional opportunities to interact with the math concepts. Our Title I Math programs are evidence-based and align with student-specific needs to enhance student success in Mathematics.
Students participate in Title I services based on academic need. Teachers and Reading/Math Specialists work together throughout the school year, using multiple assessments (AzMERIT, DIBELS, ATI, Reading/Math Formatives) to determine which students would most benefit from additional instructional services.
GPS Title I Schools
|Title I School||Address|
|Boulder Creek Elementary||8045 E. Portobello, Mesa, AZ|
|Burk Elementary||545 N. Burk Street, Gilbert, AZ|
|Gilbert Elementary||175 W. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, AZ|
|Harris Elementary||1820 S. Harris Dr., Mesa, AZ|
|Houston Elementary||500 E. Houston Ave., Gilbert, AZ|
|Islands Elementary||245 McQueen Road, Gilbert, AZ|
|Mesquite Junior High||130 W. Mesquite St., Gilbert, AZ|
|Oak Tree Elementary||505 W. Houston Ave., Gilbert, AZ|
|Pioneer Elementary||1535 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, AZ|
|Playa del Rey Elementary||550 N. Horne St., Gilbert, AZ|
How does completing the free and reduced lunch application help you and your school?
Did you know that the information collected on meal applications for the National School Lunch Program can do more than just provide free and reduced-price meals?
Tum in your meal application today to take advantage of these additional benefits and ensure your school continues to receive funding!
- School Funding: Maintains funding for student programs and services.
- Academic Tests: Reduced registration fees for AP, SAT and/or ACT tests.
- Athletics: Free or discounted fees to participate in most sports.
- College Application Fees: Discounted rates on fees associated with applying for college.
- Internet Access: Eligible for discounted rates on internet services.
- School Meals: Free or reduced prices on delicious and nutritious meals.
Free/Reduced Lunch Application – for More than Just School Lunches!
Free and reduced-price meals are available to families who qualify. If your family chooses to apply, please fill out a Free & Reduced Meal Application.
Did you know that if you qualify for assistance through the National School Lunch Program (NLSP), you may eligible to receive fee waivers for the SAT/ACT exams, some College Applications and fee reductions for AP Exams?
From the College Board:
"The College Board fee-waiver service assists qualified, economically disadvantaged students who plan to take the: SAT/SAT Subject Tests/PSAT/NMSQT/AP Exams. A student must be either enrolled in or eligible to participate in, the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) in order to receive a fee waiver. Schools participating in new federal programs such as Community Eligibility may not be able to use the NLSP criterion to identify and verify individual student fee-waiver eligibility. However, several other criteria or indicators can still be used to confirm eligibility for fee-waiver benefits."
For more information, please speak with your Counselor.
GPS Title I Family and Community Engagement
A key component of an effective Title I School Program is increasing Parent and Community Engagement in the education of children. Research has shown that students who have the support of their families are more successful in school and ultimately more prepared for college and career upon graduation. Families are encouraged to participate in school activities, share their ideas and attend Title I meetings.
- Gilbert Public Schools - Free & Reduced Lunch Application
- Arizona Department of Education - Title I
- Gilbert Public Schools Parent University
- U.S. Department of Education - Every Student Succeeds Act
- Gilbert Public Schools - K-12 Prevention Resources
- U.S. Department of Education McKinney Vento Program (Education for Homeless Children and Youths)
The purpose of Title II Part A - Supporting Effective Instruction, is to increase student achievement through improved access to effective teachers, principals and other school leaders. Gilbert Public School District currently utilizes Title II funds to provide high-quality training opportunities for our teachers, principals and staff.
The purpose of Title IV, Part A - Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant, is to provide students with activities that support well-rounded education, safe and healthy students and technology. Gilbert Public Schools currently utilizes Title IV funds to support programs such as Advanced Placement, Suicide Prevention and Coding.