Readiness to Learn (RTL) and LAP
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Learning Assistance Program

Readiness to Learn (RTL) and LAP

Readiness to Learn (RTL) is a program through which districts partner with community-based organizations to help learners at significant risk of not being successful in school. The RTL program provides support to students and their families able to reduce barriers to learning, strengthen engagement, and ensure that all children are able to attend school, ready to learn.

The RTL program provides supports to students and their families proven to reduce barriers to learning. The goal is to strengthen engagement, and create the best possible conditions for student success.

RTL Initiatives — Diverse Supports Based on Individual Need
Districts are able to design RTL programs around critical services that build readiness for learning and strengthen student engagement — resource coordination, partnerships with community-based organizations, case management and direct supports for the household. Traditional academic support is on the list — tutoring and extended learning and enrichment — as is help for substance abuse, help with meeting basic needs.

Here are several examples of allowable RTL supports. There are many more.

Family Support Food, Shelter, Work Well Being

Intensive family outreach
Case management
Gang diversion
Parent support and education
Individual, group, community activities/services

Help with food, clothing, housing, jobs
Transportation/financial support

Mental health services
Help for substance abuse
Health services
Social-emotional skill building

RTL is Outcome Oriented
Services and interventions must drive toward better attendance and learning behaviors, and family engagement.

Reduce Improve

  • Discipline referrals
  • Truancy petitions
  • Barriers to learning

  • Attendance
  • Access to basic needs
  • Student and family engagement with school life
  • Academic Achievement

Fund Readiness To Learn
Districts are able to use up to five percent of their LAP allocation for Readiness to Learn.
RCW 28A.165.035 Section 2 (g)

Up to five percent of a district's learning assistance program allocation may be used for development of partnerships with community-based organizations, educational service districts, and other local agencies to deliver academic and nonacademic supports to participating students who are significantly at risk of not being successful in school to reduce barriers to learning, increase student engagement, and enhance students' readiness to learn. The school board must approve in an open meeting any community-based organization or local agency before learning assistance funds may be expended.

Find Out More
Contact Joshua Lynch, 360-725-6100


   Updated 12/7/2016

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