Title I & LAP (Learning Assistance Program)

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. 


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. 


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 1/ LAP identified schools by allocating a designated Tile 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


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.