Parents' Right-To-Know

ESSA, Section 1112 (c)(6)

In accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015; Section 1112 (c)(6) parents, through the Right-to Know provision, may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher(s) and/or the qualification of paraprofessionals providing services to their child. Additionally, parents may request information about their child’s level of achievement on any state academic assessments. This Right-to-Know applies to any and all schools receiving Title I funds. For that information, parent/guardians are to send written requests to the school principal or the system Human Resource Coordinator.

Please be aware that you may request, and the school will provide in a timely manner, information regarding the professional qualifications of your child's classroom teacher(s), including the following:
 
Parents Right-to-Know
(Teacher Qualifications)

(6) PARENTS RIGHT-TO-KNOW-

(A)    QUALIFICATIONS- At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under this part shall notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving funds under this part that the parents may request, and the agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers, including, at a minimum, the following:

(i) Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.

(ii) Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

(iii) The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.

(iv) Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

(B)    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION- In addition to the information that parents may request under subparagraph (A), a school that receives funds under this part shall provide to each individual parent—

  1. information on the level of achievement and academic growth of the student, if applicable and available, on each of the State academic assessments required under this part; and
  2. timely notice that the student has been assigned, or has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.

(C)       FORMAT- The notice and information provided to parents under this paragraph shall be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language that the parents can understand.

 

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