Geri Ledford, Federal Programs Supervisor
34 Outwater Lane, Garfield, New Jersey
Myroslawa Cahn, Federal Programs Assistant Supervisor
Title I Basic Skills Improvement Program (BSIP)
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)
of 2001 is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education
Act (ESEA) 1994, which provides federal grant funds for economically
disadvantaged students to achieve, at a minimum, proficiency in the
State standards and to reach their potential through improved programs.
It requires the State and the district to close the achievement gap by
placing a highly qualified teacher in every classroom, improving the
qualifications of paraprofessionals who work with disadvantaged
students, and using instructional practices that have proven to be
High-poverty schools with 40% or
more pupils from low-income families are eligible to adopt school-wide
programs to raise the achievement of low-achieving students by improving
instruction throughout the entire school, thus using Title I funds to
serve all children. Grant funds provided under Federal programs,
including NCLB/ESEA funding, shall supplement, not supplant other
non-Federal funds that are available to provide programs and services to
eligible students, unless otherwise provided in the grant program. All
schools in our district have school-wide programs.
In the elementary schools the Title
I BSI Program uses highly qualified teachers in each building who
provide collaborative instruction along with the classroom teacher in
English Language Arts and Math. For those identified students who are
referred for remedial reading intervention, students receive instruction
using the Wilson Reading Program, a research-based reading program,
taught by certified Wilson trained teachers.
In Garfield Middle School the BSI
Program is delivered to all students by receiving a 2nd
period of ELA and math instruction focused on the NJASK skills in order
to pass that state test utilizing block scheduling.
In Garfield High School, all 9th
grade students receive a 2nd period of ELA and math as their
BSIP instruction utilizing block scheduling. In grades 10-12 identified
students are placed in ELA or Math Skills classes for their BSI
instruction. As in the Middle School, the goal of these classes is to
provide the targeted instruction needed to pass the HSPA which is the 11th
grade state test.