Parents' Right to Know
ESEA directs schools and districts to notify parents about four key requirements of a Title I, Part A program.
1. Professional qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals who instruct
2. Notification if your child’s teacher is not highly qualified
3. Individual report card that lets you know how your child is progressing
4. Notification that the school has entered school improvement because its students did not make Adequate Yearly Progress—meet the state standard in math or reading or both—for two school years in a row.
Professional Qualifications of Teachers
Parents of children, who attend schools that receive Title I, Part A funding, have the right to request and receive information about the qualifications of the educators who teach their children core subjects—reading, English language arts and mathematics. The same applies to paraprofessionals who instruct.
At a minimum, the information you receive must explain these 3 essential components of an educator’s qualifications.
1. Whether or not the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject(s) he or she is teaching,
2. Whether or not the teacher has an emergency or conditional certificate by which state qualifications were waived.
3. What undergraduate and graduate degree(s) the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.
Qualifications of Paraprofessionals Who Instruct
Districts employ paraprofessionals to provide instructional support— consistent with the instruction provided by the classroom teacher or teachers. In schools that operate a schoolwide program, all paraprofessionals who instruct must have special qualifications. In schools that operate a targeted assistance program, the paraprofessionals who instruct students served by the Title I, Part A program must also have earned these same qualifications.
1. Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education, or
2. Obtained an associate’s or higher degree, or
3. Meet a high standard of quality either through the ETS ParaPro Assessment
Notification If Your Child’s Teacher Is Not Highly Qualified
ESEA directs schools to send timely notice to parents and guardians IF their child has been assigned to, or taught for more than four consecutive weeks by—a teacher of a core academic subject—who is not highly qualified.
Report Card for Every Student
You have a right to know how well your child is progressing. Schools that operate Title I, Part A programs must generate a report card for every student that explains how well that student scored on the state assessment in, at least, reading, English language arts and mathematics.
Notification—Mandatory Throughout School Improvement
Federal law—ESEA—sets a standard for state, district and school accountability, and directs public schools that receive Title I, Part funds to reach 100% proficiency: all students reach state academic standards in math and reading.
Under ESEA, schools, whose students have taken the state assessments and have not met these standards—two years in a row—begin a process of improvement in the next school year.