Title I is a federal initiative that provides additional financial assistance to students who attend low-income schools to reach rigorous learning standards. All three Pymatuning Valley Schools are currently eligible to be Title I Schoolwide Programs. Students in grades K-4 at Pymatuning Valley Primary School and in grades 5-8 at Pymatuning Valley Middle School are eligible to receive additional support based on academic need without consideration of income. Student needs are prioritized and supports are flexibly grouped to be responsive to ever-changing student performance data. Support services are offered but not funded by Title I at Pymatuning Valley High School.
How We Serve Students
Students in grades K-8 participate in universal screening three times per year to determine the level of support and intervention needed to reach grade-level benchmarks. Students scoring below benchmark in reading are given diagnostic assessments to pinpoint skill-based needs for instruction and intervention. Title I-funded intervention tutors provide a combination of push-in classroom support and small-group intervention outside of the classroom depending on the group's needs.
How We Gather Input to Improve our Instructional Program
The district gathers input from all stakeholders through the school improvement process (Building and District Leadership Team meetings), back-to-school open house, twice annual parent-teacher conferences, and annual surveys. This feedback along with student data inform the district's Comprehensive Needs Assessment. In addition, parents of K-8 students should receive an annual Parent-School Compact that explains the shared responsibility of teachers, parents, and students to help our students achieve Ohio's Learning Standards. The district also evaluates the effectiveness of its instructional program through an examination of student performance data, which includes state test results for ELA and math in grades 3-8, science in grades 5 and 8, and high school end-of-course exams, among others.
As a Title I recipient, we are required to annually notify parents that they may at any time request from the Superintendent information regarding the professional qualifications of their student’s teachers. In addition, we are required to provide you with timely notice if your child has been assigned, or has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks, by a teacher who does not meet applicable State licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.