Title I & LAP (Learning Assistance Program)

Tacoma Public Schools supports a school wide Title I and LAP program in identified schools designed to ensure that students with learning needs can learn and grow to meet grade level standards.

Title I/LAP questions? 253-571-1346 

Browns Point

The Title I Part A Program is a federally funded program designed to provide supplemental educational services for students who are at risk of failing to meet grade level standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.  The goal of the program is to provide additional or supplemental supports so students can close the learning and achievement gap.  Title I, is a program offered by ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) which was signed into law December 10, 2015. 

Browns Point

The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) is a state funded program that provides additional support to eligible students. LAP funds are used to support students performing below grade level in grades K-4 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, 11th and 12th grade students at risk for not graduating, and behavioral interventions for students to address gaps in their learning. 

​​State LAP Website​


Tacoma Public Schools supports a school wide Title I and LAP program in identified schools designed to ensure that students with learning needs can learn and grow to meet grade level standards. Our goal, in the Title I / LAP office is to partner with schools to support, inform and update them on new federal laws, requirements and to provide support to meet the goals of their continuous achievement plans (CAP).

Further support is provided to Title I / LAP identified schools by allocating a designated Title I / LAP program specialist who works with building principals and Title I and LAP teachers at schools, to support the goals of their CAP (continuous achievement process and plan). Specifically, the program specialist's responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that identified students receive targeted instruction, help and support to close the learning and achievement gap
  • Ensure allocated funds are utilized during the year
  • Targeted professional development opportunities are scheduled and provided to staff
  • Parent involvement activities are scheduled and relevant to the school's CAP

Family Resources

Parents can influence the success of their student in school more than any teacher or federal program. Research shows that how well students do in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. The Title I program supports our schools' Parent Involvement activities to expand on Parent Involvement.

Complaints related to federal programs are processed through the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. In our Family Resources page, you will find information that will assist with the citizen complaint process.

​Rel​ate​d​: Homeless Student Ass​istance (McKinney-Vento Act)

Parent and Family Engagement

Every school, as a part of their district Partnership goal has a parent involvement goal. It is their responsibility to promote parent and family engagement within their Title I, Part A programs. Planned activities include:

  • Events to encourage parents and family to participate in a variety of informational and training opportunities related to the education of students
  • Events where parents see their child's educational growth and development
  • Participation in other school related events/ performances to enhance student's learning experiences. 

Extended Learning Programs

These supports include a broad range of programs that provide children with academic interventions, enrichment and/or supervised activities beyond the traditional school day, and in some cases, beyond the traditional school year. Many schools offer extended learning programs as a strategy for improving or enhancing student achievement, and for students who need extra support to be successful academically. What happens before and after school can be as important as what happens during the school day.

Summer Learning 

Summer Learning enrichment is another form of extended learning opportunities Title I provides. These opportunities can focus on reading and comprehension, transitional preparedness, and kindergarten readiness.


K5 Reading - Intervention Framework

As of October 1, 2017, a total of 505 classroom teachers and principals were provided training in the Intervention Framework model.  The core Intervention Framework team, which consisted of staff members from C & I, EL, SPED, and Title I/LAP, have followed up with all participants sharing best practices to address the learning needs of every child that they serve.

Superintendent Santorno, along with Cabinet members have been introduced to the framework through a training session and provided with actual resource materials. Cabinet members and Tacoma Public Schools Trustee members have been given frequent updates and outcomes as teachers utilize the Intervention Framework resources.

Elementary Principals have been surveyed to provide feedback on how the Intervention Framework is being implemented in their buildings. As a team, we will be examining the impact of implementing the Intervention Framework.