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Special Programs - Literacy

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act

Anna Cook
Coordinator of Learning Support
(click on Anna Cook for more information)


About Title I
Title I is the oldest and largest federally funded program in our nation’s schools that offers support to academically struggling students. Title I funds are used to enrich curriculum and instruction, promote interaction and coordination of supplementary services and resources; resulting in excellence and high expectation for educators and students.

How Can Parents Help!
Parents and families influence their child’s education more than any teachers or schools. Families involved at school and giving support at home can boost their child’s achievement. The Title I Parent-School Compact states the goals and responsibilities of both parents and schools. The Parental Involvement Policy helps parents understand and take part in the school’s efforts. Your Title I program needs your help to:
· Determine school programs and goals
· Plan and carry out programs.
· Evaluate programs
· Work with your child at home

Parent Information Rescource Center (PIRC)

The Indiana Partnerships Center works to empower parents about their rights and responsibilities pertaining to their children’s education in the following ways:
  • Providing parent-focused workshops that are scheduled by schools, community groups, or parent groups (to learn more, see “workshops” on our navigation menu).
  • Providing education-related information and resource materials, including information about the state (PL221) and federal (No Child Left Behind) accountability laws.
  • Helping schools develop parent engagement strategies that provide opportunities for parents to become decision-makers in their children's school, resources for school improvement, and mentors to others.
*The Indiana Partnerships Center is Indiana's Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC), funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement.*

Targeted Assistance

In a Targeted Assistance School (TAS), Title I funds must be focused, or targeted, at students who are most in need of extra academic assistance. Eligible children are children identified by the school as failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the State's challenging student academic achievement standards on the basis of multiple, educationally related, objective criteria. Students will be assessed by grade level including special education, English language learners, and high ability using two criteria. The criteria are then assigned a numerical value and students are ranked accordingly. Based upon the District's Title I plan and the number of students that can be served, students are selected from the lowest ranking.

High Ability Program

High Ability Identification (Grades 2-6) for the 2013-14 School Year

If you would like to nominate your student for the High Ability Program please contact your student's teacher by April 24, 2013 or click on the link below to get a Parent Nomination Form. This form must be completed and returned to your student's teacher by May 10, 2013


The High Ability Program is a result of the expressed interest of the community, school board, school administration, and teachers to ensure that every child will receive the appropriate services in meeting the diverse needs in their area of high ability.

Goals of the High-Ability Program Grades K-12

  • To promote greater knowledge and awareness of various program designs and levels of service..
  • To provide differentiated instruction characterized by high expectations in the areas of general intellectural ability, visual and performing arts, specific academic aptitude, and creative/critical thinking skills.
  • To support teachers' instruction in specific aptitude, higher-level thinking skills, and creative/critical thinking, social, psychological and career guidance (for enrichment and/or remediation).
  • To implement interventions based on assessments with a focus on including those students traditionally under represented in a high-ability program.
*Note: The goals of MSD Of Decatur Tonship's High Ability Grade K-12 will be reviewed each year by the Broad-Based Planning Committee to ensure the goals are consistent in meeting the diverse needs of high-ability students.

For a complete description of the High Ability Program please click on the link below:

High Ability Handbook

Additional Parent Resources

The Exceptional Child … Resources for Gifted and Special Education, The Source for Learning, Inc.

Indiana Association of the Gifted

National Association for Gifted Children Welcome Parents

Student Enrichment Programs

Ball State University, Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities, Saturday Adventure 2012-13

Purdue University, Gifted Education Resource Institute-Super Saturday and Super Summer Youth Programs

High Ability Selection Process

In the spring of each school year, the High Ability Committee will conduct the HA student selection for the following school year. If you would like your student to be considered for High Abiltiy please check with your student's teacher in the spring or check the website in April. A parent nomination form and other information will be available on this web page.

High Ability Criteria that will be used during the Identification Process:


1. Students Entering 1st Grade

a. End of year TRC/MCLASS Guided Reading Level

b. A copy of the Last Writing Benchmark

c. Indiana State Math Assessment


2. Students Entering 2nd – 3rd Grade

a. End of year Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level

b. A copy of the Last Writing Benchmark

c. A copy of the HA Math Problem Solving Assessment

d. Winter NWEA Math & Reading Scores

e. Parent Nomination

f. Teacher Nomination
g. Indiana Reading Assessment (IRA)


3. Students Entering 4th – 6th Grade

a. End of year Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level
b. A copy of the Last Writing Benchmark
c. A copy of the HA Math Problem Solving Assessment
d. Winter NWEA Math & Reading Scores
e. 4th Grade I-Read 3 Score
f. ISTEP ELA & Math Scores (from the prior school year)
g. Parent Nomination
h. Teacher Nomination


4. Students Entering 7th Grade

a. End of year Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level

b. A copy of the Last Writing Benchmark

c. A copy of the HA Math Problem Solving Assessment

d. Winter NWEA Math & Reading Scores

e. ISTEP ELA & Math Scores ( from the prior school year)

f. Parent Nomination

g. Teacher Nomination

h. Orleans Hanna Assessment


Title III (ELL)

The Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township’s ELL Program serves as an advocate for all language minority students. The ELL program has been established for students whose first language is not English and who need additional language skills. The program varies according to student needs and provides limited English proficient students with instruction in English to improve their ability in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The ELL staff works with a variety of resources to provide these students with the tools necessary to have a successful school experience.
The MSD of Decatur Township Schools ELL program is committed to educational advancement of its ELL students both academically and socially while honoring their native language and culture.
Goals of ELL
1. To teach English for specific academic purposes, language can be applied to academic contexts to maximize student achievement.
2. To provide opportunities for students to grow socially through their home school and community.
3. To enable students to construct meaning through appropriate instructional strategies.
4. To provide administrators, teachers and staff with innovative professional development to maximize student achievement.
Ell student’s progress in English proficiency is measured once a year using the state approved assessment, LAS Links.

The Decatur Township ELL Polices and Procedures can be acessed by clicking on the link below:

ELL Policies and Procedures

Meet the ELL Staff:
Instructional Aid
Schools Serviced
Cindy Adkins
Stephen Decatur Elem.
West Newton Elem.
Traci Gibson
Valley Mills Elem.
Gold Academy
Rita Gish
Blue Academy
Ginny Slayton
Decatur Middle School
Chelsea Tooley
Decatur Central High School

English Language Proficiency Standards
The district’s ELL program uses the English Language Proficiency Standards, aligned with the Indiana Academic Standards as a guideline for teachers in content area classes.
Adult Education for ELL Students and Parents
Click on the Link below for the schedule of English as a Second Language Classes Offered by Wayne Township schools.

Special Programs


The Decatur Township Literacy Framework (DLC) defines the language arts instructional model implemented in K-6 classrooms throughout MSD Decatur Township. This model aligns with state and district standards as well as 21st century learning outcomes that are learner centered and foster collaboration and communication. The DLC is supported by research-based best practices in literacy which encompasses thinking, reading, writing, and speaking. These best practices are the basis for continuous professional development and on-going coaching. Formative assessments are an integral part of the framework and allow teachers to seamlessly provide interventions and differentiated instruction.

Literacy Framework

Primary Framework
Coordinator of Learning Support
Anna Cook has been a part of MSD of Decatur Township schools for the past 24 years. She
started her tenure as a first grade teacher, and then moved to 5th grade. While teaching in Decatur Township, she, along with three other colleagues, implemented the first multi-age classrooms. She taught in a multiage classroom for seven years before becoming the Coordinator of Learning Support for Decatur Township Schools.

Anna’s responsibilities as Coordinator of Leanning Support are:
  • Write and Monior all grants for MSD of Decatur Township
  • Coodinate DOE reporting
  • Oversee the Development and Administration of the High Ability Program
  • Coordinate the ELL Program
  • Coordinate the Literacy Framework
Anna has a Bachelors degree (Major - Elementary Ed and Minor - German) from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Masters degree from Butler University. Anna is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Indianapolis. She holds an endorsement in Reading and is a certified Literacy Coach.