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Title I / LAP

What are Title I and LAP (Learning Assistance Program)?

Parents_AfterSchoolEntry 2011 0817Title I is a federally-funded program established by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) is a state-funded program established by the Washington State Legislature in 1979.

The object of both programs is to accelerate the achievement of students performing below grade level by providing supplemental academic support.

Who is eligible?

The Federal Way School District uses Title I and LAP resources primarily to assist elementary students who are at risk of not meeting the state’s performance standards in reading and/or math.  Students are identified for Title I or LAP services based on state and district assessment scores.  See the Intervention Screening, Placement, Monitoring, and Exiting Process document.

Title I and LAP services offered are in addition to the core curriculum provided to all students. The Federal Way School District has assembled a list of research-based intervention materials that have a track record of success and the district can support.

Eligible students may receive support during the day, before or after school, or in summer school.  There are several delivery models for intervention, including pull-out in small groups, push-in to serve within a classroom, a hybrid of the pull-out and push-in, and one-to-one tutorial support from a paraprofessional.

How will I know if my child is receiving Title I or LAP services?

Each elementary school has an intervention team that coordinates the supplemental services provided to students by Title I and LAP staff.  Intervention staff works closely with classroom teachers to identify eligible students and the most effective supplemental service and delivery model.  Together, they create a Student Learning Plan (SLP) to identify focus areas of instruction for each student.  Parent/guardian input on learning goals is encouraged.  See the Template of the Student Learning Plan.

If your child receives additional academic support, you will be informed during Student Led Conferences and through progress reports, report cards and other communications means.

If you have additional questions about your child’s participation in the Title I or LAP program, please contact your school principal, or the Title I/LAP director.

In addition to academic support, Title I and LAP funds may be devoted to support in the social / emotional domain.  Several schools are implementing school-wide positive behavior programs, in particular, PBIS or Positive Pehavior Interventions and Supports.  See the School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports document.

How can I support my child’s learning?

Title I and LAP programs encourage families to be involved in their child’s education.  Research shows that academic achievement improves significantly when parents are involved in school and at home. Families are invited to be involved in the following ways:

  • Attend Student Led Conferences
  • Assist your child with schoolwork  and learning activities at home
  • Participate in school and district Title I and LAP parent events
  • Join your school’s Title I or LAP planning team
  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom or during school events
  • Engage your child in conversation about what they are learning
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher and school staff when you have questions or concern

Whom do I contact for more information?



Phone Number

Wanda Brown-BillingslyTitle I/LAP Director253-945-2170
Susan TofteCoordinator of Office Operations253-945-2182

Additional Information

Additional information about Title I and LAP (Learning Assistance Program) can be found on the following links on the OSPI website.

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