Improving Academic Achievement for Students
Improving Academic Achievement for Students



Deborah Smith
Director of Federal Programs
524 Faraday St.
Alcoa, TN  37701
(865)-984-0531 Ext. 515


Alcoa City Schools receives federal funds for participation in the following programs:

Title I, Part A Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Title II, Part A Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment
Title III Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
Title X McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act-Education for Homeless Children and Youth


Title I-A

The purpose of Tennessee's federally funded Title I, Part A Program is to support local school districts improve teaching and learning for students in high poverty schools so that these students meet the state's challenging content and performance standards.  Title I is one program under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  For more information, visit the state web site for compensatory programs or for Title I legislation, regulations and guidance.

Title I schools can operate either as targeted assistance or school wide.  Targeted assistance schools identify students who are at risk of not meeting the state's content and performance standards and provide individualized instructional programs use their funds to improve the entire program of the school so that all students are impacted.

Alcoa has two schools that currently operate as a schoolwide Title I school.  They are:  Alcoa Elementary School and Alcoa Middle School.  For more information on each school you can visit the individual websites.


Title II-A

The Improving Teacher/Principal Quality program increases student achievement by elevating teacher and principal quality through recruitment, hiring and retention strategies.  The program targets funds to schools within the LEA that:

  • Have the lowest proportion of highly qualified teachers;
  • Have the largest average class size; or
  • Are identified for school improvement under section 1116(b)
NCLB Highly Qualified Status and Alcoa City Schools Teachers and ParaProfessionals

NCLB requires that teachers of core academic subjects meet specific requirements that demonstrate they are highly qualified.  All parents have the right to request information regarding professional qualifications of their child's teacher(s).  Upon request, the school system will provide you with the following information:
  • Whether a teacher is certified by the state for the grades and subjects he/she is teaching
  • Whether a teacher is teaching under emergency status for which certification has been waived,
  • And the degree major of a teacher and any other graduate degree or certification the teacher may hold.


Under NCLB, a parent will be promptly informed if for any reason a non-highly qualified teacher is teaching their child for four or more consecutive weeks.
NCLB also requires that instructional paraprofessionals in Title I schools demonstrate highly qualified status by passing a test to demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist in instruction, having completed two years of higher education, or having obtained an associate's or higher degree.  Alcoa City Schools require all of their paraprofessionals to meet highly qualified status.


Title III

The purpose of this program is to provide services to those students that have a primary language other than English.   Currently, Alcoa City Schools provides services to English Language Learners through instruction by 2 certified ELL teachers and 1 paraprofessional/translater.  For more information regarding services to our English Language Learners (ELL) please visit the Federal Programs staff page or contact each school.


Federal Definition of an Immigrant Student

The term "immigrant children and youth," which is defined in section 3301(6) of Title III, refers to individuals who: (A) are aged 3 through 21; (B) were not born in any State; and (C) have not been attending one or more schools in any one or more States for more than 3 full academic years.

Federal Definition of an Limited English Proficient Student

The term 'limited English proficient', when used with respect to an individual, means an individual—
(A) who is aged 3 through 21;
(B) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;
(C)(i) who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English;
(ii)(I) who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying areas; and
(II) who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual's level of English language proficiency; or
(iii) who is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English, and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; and
(D) whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual—
(i) the ability to meet the State's proficient level of achievement on State assessments described in section 1111(b)(3);
(ii) the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or

Migrant Services

The purpose of Tennessee's Migrant Education Program is to assist the State to support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migratory children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves.

The program aims at identifying and servicing children (between the ages of 3 and 21) who are, or whose parents or spouses are, migratory agricultural workers, including migratory dairy workers, or migratory fishermen, and who, in the preceding 36 months, traveled across division/state lines in order to obtain, or accompanied such parents or spouses, in order to obtain, temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing activity.

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Title X

The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act is to provide assistance for students who meet the unique needs of homeless children and youth.  The act states that a child or youth is considered homeless if he or she "lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  Homeless children are those who:

  • Temporarily live with relatives or friends because they have nowhere else to go (typically due to financial constraints).  This is also referred to as being "doubled up". 
  • Live in shelters, motels, abandoned buildings, cars, tents, or on the streets.
  • Run away or are thrown out of their homes, parents homes (including unwed teen mothers and teen mothers-to-be)
  • Live in housing not fit for habitation (lack of electricity or water for an extended period of time).

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