Federal Programs

The Office of Federal Programs provides services in reading, staff development, Limited English Proficiency, Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS), Library Media, School Improvement and GED.  For more information, please see below.
Marymargaret Cardwell, Supervisor of
Federal Programs
mcardwell@amherst.k12.va.us 946-9386 x9554
Title I Reading
Title I is a federally funded remedial reading program designed to provide extra support to students who are six months or more behind their grade level in their reading. Title I is a service provided in our elementary schools. The teachers in the program are certified Reading Specialists. The program format is diagnostic prescriptive. The Reading Specialist works very closely with the regular classroom teachers to provide the best opportunities for learning for all students. The format of the program is the in-class model with limited pullout. Each school operates under a plan based upon their needs.
Title I Family Involvement Policies and Compacts 
Title III Limited English Proficient (LEP)
Title III is a federally funded support program to improve the education of limited English proficient (LEP) children and youths by helping them learn English and meet challenging state content achievement standards. A teacher is available to work with students and families to help ensure their needs are met in the area of literacy development. 
PALS is the state-provided screening tool for Virginia’s Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI). The purpose of the EIRI is to reduce the number of children with reading problems through early diagnosis and immediate intervention. By screening K-3 students, participating school divisions identify struggling readers and receive incentive funds for intervention. All students not meeting the Entry Level benchmark for their grade level must receive intervention services in addition to their regular classroom instruction.  Students in grades 4-5 are screened and provided support through intervention in their school.