Targeted Assistance Program


A targeted assistance school receives Title I, Part A funds to provide services to a select group of children - those the school identifies, on the basis of multiple educationally-related objective criteria, as failing or most at risk of failing to meet the state's challenging content and performance standards. A targeted assistance school may not provide services for all students in the school, or for all students in a particular grade.


The school identifies children who are failing or most at risk of failing to meet North Dakota’s challenging academic standards and having the greatest academic need. Children who are economically disadvantaged, children with disabilities, migrant children, homeless children, and limited English proficient children are eligible for Title I, Part A services on the same basis as other children that are selected for services.

  • Staff Qualifications: Teachers hired to work with students who have failed to benefit from regular classroom instruction in reading or mathematics may apply for a Title I Reading or Mathematics Credential.
  • Targeting School Allocation: The district must allocate funds to school attendance areas identified as eligible and selected to participate in rank order based on the percent of low-income students. The school allocation is determined by a per pupil amount times the total number of children from low-income families in each school. Funds are allocated for use by the school, but it remains the responsibility of the district to ensure compliance of school expenditures.
  • Needs Assessment: As a part of continuous school improvement planning, the school conducts a comprehensive needs assessment. This determines the focus areas of the Title I, Part A services. A targeted assistance school must identify students who are failing or most at risk of failing to meet state standards. An educational objective measure must be used to determine the students with the greatest academic needs
  • Eligible Schools: The school may choose to implement either a schoolwide or targeted assistance program based on the needs assessment. If a school doesn't qualify for a schoolwide program it is eligible for a targeted assistance program. Every school in North Dakota with more than 40% low income and less than 100% low income students is eligible for a targeted assistance program.
  • Annual Parent Meeting
  • Annual Assessment of Parent and Family Engagement
  • Annual Review Meeting
  • Documenting Communication with Classroom Teachers
  • Paraprofessional Certificates
  • Parent Permission
  • Student Progress
  • Time and Effort