FSISD hosts meeting on federal programs

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The Fort Stockton Independent School District is hosting three meetings on federal programs and how parents, students and the schools can partner to ensure student success.

The classes will be held at the Technology Center, 1204 W. 2nd St. on Jan. 14 at 12 p.m., Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. and Jan. 18 at 10 a.m.

The Federal Programs that the United States Department of Education allocates funds for districts through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

ESSA replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The No Child Left Behind Act was the federal law that provides money for extra educational assistance for schools to improve in the academic progress of students signed into law by former President George W. Bush in 2002.

The primary purpose of ESSA is to help schools provide a quality education for all students through additional funding that impacts student achievement.

The funds are specifically earmarked for the academic success of all students and especially disadvantaged students (students in poverty, minorities, special education students, and limited English language students).

Under ESSA, our schools, through the Texas Education Agency, decide the education plans for our schools within guidelines provided by the federal government. 

Schools must have plans in place that address academic standards, annual testing, school accountability, goals for academic achievement, plans for supporting and improving struggling schools as well as reports on student achievement by each school.

All our schools receive federal funding to supplement our school’s existing programs.

The funds used to provide a high-quality education so that all students meet the state student performance standards, otherwise known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. 

The funds are used to help our schools identify students experiencing academic difficulties and provide assistance in helping these students meet the challenging State Academic Standards.

In addition, the district must have parent and family engagement meetings, training, and activities throughout the school year to help parents with their students to achieve high levels of academic achievement.

Through the meetings, FSISD informs parents and families of our school’s participation in federal programs aimed to approve student achievement.

They also explain to parents the requirements of the federal programs and the right of parents to be involved in schools to improve student academic achievement.

The meetings are another way the district is partnering with parents to help all students do well in school.

“ We want to best ensure effective involvement of parents and to support the partnership we have with parents, and the community all aimed to improve student academic achievement in Fort Stockton,” said Assistant Superintendent Gil-Rey Madrid.

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