Federal Programs

Title Consolidated Application

The Consolidated Application includes grants available to schools through the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act(ESEA). These grants are ran through the state's department of education or office of public instruction. In South Dakota, the Department of Education provides the Grants Management System (GMS) for schools to apply for, monitor, and amend their consolidated programs. Oglala Lakota County School District (OLCSD) 65-1 is eligible for Title I(a), Title II(a), Title IV(a), and the RLIS grants. OLCSD 65-1 uses the option of Transferability provided in ESEA to combine all of its Title II(a) and Title IV(a) funds into the Title I(a) program.

Title I is also known as the Improving Academic Achievement for the Disadvantaged. Part A is the Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Education Agencies. This program supplements many essential components for the education of our students including teacher and paraprofessional salaries, supplies and materials, professional development training, and much more. The link below will show the OLCSD 65-1 Consolidated Application as it was approved in October of 2018.


OLCSD 65-1 SY 2018-19, FY 2019 Consolidated app;

Local Education Agency (LEA) and School Wide Academic Plans

There are three required components of a schoolwide program that are essential to effective implementation: Conducting a comprehensive needs assessment, preparing a comprehensive schoolwide plan, and annually reviewing--as necessary--the schoolwide plan. OLCSD 65-1 has entered into contracts with the International Consortium for Leadership in Education (ICLE) to conduct its initial, and ongoing, comprehensive needs analysis. The district also does its annual evaluation of the school wide programs on a continuing basis through its Federal Parent and Family Advisory Board meetings, Public Hearings, and various other stakeholder events.

Preparing a comprehensive schoolwide plan that describes how the school will improve academic achievement throughout the school, but particularly for the lowest-achieving students, by addressing the needs identified in the comprehensive needs assessment. (ESEA section 1114(b)(7)). The schoolwide plan must include a description of how the strategies the school will be implementing will provide opportunities and address the learning needs of all students in the school, particularly the needs of the lowest-achieving students. (ESEA section 1114(b)(7)(A)(i), (iii)). The plan must also contain descriptions of how the methods and instructional strategies that the school intends to use will strengthen the academic program in the school, increase the including programs and activities necessary to provide a well-rounded education. (ESEA section 1114(b)(7)(A)(ii)). To ensure that the plan results in progress toward addressing the needs of the school, the plan should include benchmarks for the evaluation of program results.

Below are the OLCSD 65-1 Comprehensive LEA plan and the schoolwide plans for each attendance center.

Oglala Lakota County District Schools 65-1 Academic Plans for SY2018-19:

  • OLCSD 65-1 Comprehensive LEA Plan
  • Batesland Elementary School Academic Plan
  • Wolf Creek Elementary School Academic Plan
  • Rockyford Elementary School Academic Plan
  • Red Shirt Elementary School Academic Plan

District and School Accountability

Districts must distribute Accountability and Assessment Reports, including the state, district and school level reports, via several means to ensure that the broadest number of stakeholders receive the information. According to non-regulatory guidance from the United States Department of Education, “an LEA may meet its responsibility to directly disseminate its report card to parents through the U.S. mail or through other means such as email or by sending the report card home to parents in their child’s backpack. In essence, an LEA may use its regular method of communicating with parents to meet the dissemination requirement so long as it provides information to all parents.” An LEA should understand that it must be able to demonstrate that it has met the requirement to disseminate its report cards to parents.

Below are the links to OLCSD 65-1's LEA and School report cards (Links will be updated with most recent report cards as they become available.).

  • Oglala Lakota County District Schools 65-1
  • Batesland Elementary School
  • Wolf Creek Elementary School
  • Rockyford Elementary School
  • Red Shirt Elementary School
  • OLCSD Alternative School

ESSA Parent’s Right-to-Know

As per ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) of 2015, parents may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s teachers. Including:

  • Whether the teacher has met State qualification and certification requirements for the grade levels and subject he/she is teaching.
  • Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived;
  • What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration;
  • Whether their child receives help from a paraprofessional and, if so, their qualifications.
  • Parents may obtain information about their child’s teacher by contacting the school or through the SD State Department of Education Teacher 411 portal.

Testing Transparency: 

Parent & Family Engagement

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) strives to reduce academic achievement gaps for children. Research shows family engagement is essential to meeting this education goal. Families guide children on their learning adventures both in and out of classrooms, beginning at birth. Initial interactions with the formal learning system set the tone for subsequent years. ESSA recognizes this important role and provides opportunities to foster effective family engagement. However, it will be up to states and localities to adopt policies that enable educators to make the connections needed with families.

OLCSD 65-1 has worked with staff and parents to develop comprehensive plans and compacts for parents and family member engagement. Please use the links below to find the Parent and Family Engagement Plan and/or the Parent and Family Member Compact for your school. Also, review the OLCSD 65-1 District Parent & Family Engagement Plan.

  • Oglala Lakota County School District 65-1 Parent and Family Engagement Plan
  • Batesland Elementary Parent & Family Engagement Plan
  • Batesland Elementary School Parent Compact
  • Red Shirt Elementary Parent & Family Engagement Plan
  • Red Shirt Elementary School Parent Compact
  • Rockyford Elementary Parent & Family Engagement Plan
  • Rockyford Elementary School Parent Compact
  • Wolf Creek Elementary Parent & Family Engagement Plan 
  • Wolf Creek Elementary Parent Compact

McKinney-Vento: Education of Homeless Children

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act defines “homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, or adequate night time residence. The rights and services under the McKinney-Vento Act are included in the Oglala Lakota County School District Homeless policy.


  • Ensure the immediate enrollment of children or youth experiencing homelessness until all enrollment records may be secure; i.e. academic records, medical records, proof of residency, or other documentation
  • Keep a student experiencing homelessness in the school of origin, except when parent or guardian waives that right.
  • Ensure the elimination of stigmatization or segregated services and elimination of other identified barriers for homeless children and youth
  • Provide children or youth experiencing homelessness with the same services offered to other students in the school, including the following:
  • Transportation services
  • Educational services for which the child or youth meets the eligibility criteria, such as services provided under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, or similar state or local programs, educational programs for children with disabilities, and educational programs for students with limited English proficiency.
  • Programs in vocational and technical education.
  • Programs for gifted and talented students.
  • School nutrition programs.

If you believe your child(ren) may qualify for McKinney-Vento services, please complete the form below and return it to your school or the OLCSD 65-1 district office.

McKinney-Vento Eligibility Determination Form

Foster Care Transportation Plan

In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) added new provisions to Title I, Part A, to complement the existing requirements in child welfare law. ESSA now requires every state educational agency to collaborate with the state child welfare agency to ensure the educational stability of children in foster care, including assurances that children in care remain in their school of origin, unless it is not in their best interest. ESSA also provides a blueprint for allocating responsibility for providing transportation for foster youth to remain in their school of origin. ESSA requires LEAs receiving Title I, Part A funds to collaborate with child welfare agencies to develop written procedures governing how transportation to maintain children in their school of origin will be provided, arranged, and funded. Those procedures must ensure that:

= Children in foster care needing transportation will receive it promptly, in a cost-effective manner, and in accordance with the state ability to use Title IV-E (foster care) funds.

= If there are no additional costs incurred in providing school of origin transportation for children in foster care, the LEA should provide the transportation.

= If there are additional costs incurred, the LEA must provide transportation only if:

= the local child welfare agency agrees to reimburse the costs;

= the LEA agrees to pay the costs; or

= the LEA and child welfare agency agree to share the costs.

OLCSD 65-1 provides free transportation to all students requiring such a service. Further, the district ensures that students are always provided the opportunity to attend their school of origin unless the distance is prohibitive.

If, as a foster parent, you have a student that requires transportation from your home to his or her school of origin, you can call the school to arrange for daily transportation, or you may complete the form below and submit it to your child's school.

Transportation Plan to Ensure School Stability for Children in Foster Care