Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
The Washington Legislature funds the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) to help all students meet state standards in math, reading and writing. Children who did not meet standard in these areas are eligible for LAP services. Principals, teachers, specialists and assistants work together to provide the instruction and practice students need to be successful. The Northshore District supports this program with professional development, instructional materials and assessment tools.
Elementary schools receive LAP funds. Allocations are needs based, in part, on assessment scores and reduced lunch averages. LAP staff support students who are developing the skills needed to meet standard in reading or math. The principal and school staff make decisions about the most effective approach to use based on students' academic needs. LAP staff work in the classroom with identified students, with small groups of children in another space, or with individuals under the direction of a certificated teacher. Northshore provides training in the use of effective teaching techniques, reading, writing, math content and assessment for LAP staff.