The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) follows the guidelines addressed in Section 1115 of Title I, Part A regulations. A targeted assistance school (TAS) is one that receives Part A funds yet is ineligible or has chosen not to operate a Title I schoolwide program.
The term "targeted assistance" signifies that the services are provided to a select group of children - those identified as failing, or most at risk of failing to meet the State's challenging content and student performance standards - rather than for overall school improvement, as in schoolwide programs. Like schoolwide program schools, the goal of a TAS is to improve teaching and learning to enable Part A participants to meet the challenging State performance standards that all children are expected to master. To accomplish this goal, a targeted assistance program must be based on effective means for improving achievement of participating children; use effective instructional strategies that give primary consideration to extended-time strategies, provide accelerated, high-quality curricula, and minimize removing children from the regular classroom during regular school hours; coordinate with and support the regular education program; provide instruction by highly-qualified and trained professional staff; and implement strategies to increase parental involvement.
A comprehensive description of TAS is provided within the USDE (United States Department of Education) Policy/Guidance document “Targeted Assistance Schools” at http://www.ed.gov/legislation/ESEA/Title_I/target.html
If the school is interested in becoming a TAS please complete the attached application and return it to:
Arkansas Department of Education
Title I Office – Targeted Assistance
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR 72201