State and Federal Programs Introduction
Riverview Gardens School District participates in Federal and State grant programs and applies for these supplemental funds through the Consolidated Application process with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Grant Awards includes: Title I Part A, Basic Grant (Low Income/low achieving students); Title II, Part A (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting); Title I (a) School Improvement Grant (Targeted Comprehensive School Improvement); and 1003 (g) School Improvement Grant providing funds for qualifying schools that have been identified as under-performing. Federal guidelines allow local non-profit private schools to participate with the public school district in federal programs. Those participating private schools are identified in Part I of the application and listed as our non-public Affiliate Schools.
As a requirement of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) legislation, the district continues to make the necessary adjustments and modifications to meet continuing legislative provisions for our qualifying schools and offered programs and services for our Scholars and Teachers.
Parents and Community Members are invited to join in activities that advance academic achievement and reading levels throughout the district. Please consider becoming a Volunteer. Contact the Federal Programs Department at (314) 869-2505.
Federal Program Descriptions
Title I Part A: Helping Disadvantaged Children:
A federal program to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.
Title II Part A: Teacher Quality:
A federal program that increases student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teaches in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools.
What are Federal Program Grants?
Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Title I was enacted to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments. This can be accomplished by meeting the educational needs of low-achieving children using strengths and weaknesses, closing the achievement gap between high and low performing children, setting high standards for all students, providing enriched and accelerated instruction, coordinating and integrating services, expanding family involvement, and extending learning time and intervening early in the education of children
Training and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals
The purpose of Title IIA is to increase student achievement by improving teacher and principal quality through high quality professional development and to increase the number of highly qualified teachers and principals.
Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG), authorizes activities in three broad areas:
1. Providing students with a well-rounded education including programs such as college and career counseling, STEM, arts, civics and International Baccalaureate/Advanced Placement.
2. Supporting safe and healthy students with comprehensive school mental health, drug and violence prevention, training on trauma-informed practices, and health and physical education.
3. Supporting the effective use of technology that is backed by professional development, blended learning and educational tech devices.
The U.S. Department of Education announced approval for implementation of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Also known as “Perkins IV,” the law provides an increased focus on the academic achievement, strengthened connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improved state and local accountability.
School Improvement Grant (SIG)
The School Improvement Grants (SIG) program is authorized by section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).
Under section 1003(g)(1) of the ESEA, the Secretary must "award grants to States to enable the States to provide sub-grants to local educational agencies for the purpose of providing assistance for school improvement consistent with section 1116."
From a grant received pursuant to that provision, a State educational agency (SEA) must sub-grant at least 95 percent of the funds it receives to its local educational agencies (LEAs) for school improvement activities.
In awarding such sub-grants, an SEA must "give priority to the local educational agencies with the lowest-achieving schools that demonstrate –
(A) the greatest need for such funds; and
(B) the strongest commitment to ensuring that such funds are used to provide adequate resources to enable the lowest-achieving schools to meet the goals under school and local educational improvement, corrective action, and restructuring plans under section 1116