Right to Know
Parent Right to Know Information as Required by The Elementary and Secondary Education Assistance (ESEA) [Section 112(e)(1)(A)] and the Every Student Succeeds Act
Dear Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s):
Your child attends Jackson Elementary School, which receives Federal Title I funds to assist students in meeting state achievement standards. Throughout the school year, we will be providing you with important information about this law and your child’s education.
This letter lets you know about your right to request information about the qualifications of the classroom staff working with your child.
At Jackson Elementary School, we are very proud of our teachers and feel they are ready for the coming school year and are prepared to give your child a high-quality education. As a Title 1 school, we must meet federal regulations related to teacher qualifications as defined in ESEA. These regulations allow you to learn more about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials. We are happy to provide this information to you. At anytime, you may ask:
- Whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching,
- Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and
- What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.
You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional. If you child receives this assistance, we can provide you with information about the paraprofessional’s qualifications.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law in December 2015 and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1956 (ESEA) includes additionally right to know requests. At any time, parents and family members can request:
- Information on policies regarding student participation in assessments and procedures for opting out, and
- Information on required assessment that include
- subject matter tested
- purpose of the test
- source of the requirement (if applicable)
- amount of time it takes students to complete the test and
- time and format of disseminating results.
Examples of Records to keep for Federal Programs (not an inclusive list)
- Parent and Family Engagement Policy
- Documentation that the Compact/Parent and Family Engagement Policy was shared with families.
- Updated School Wide Plans (If SW model)
- Title 1 Annual Meeting (agendas, sign-in sheets, flyer)
- Parents are informed about Title 1, curriculum used at the school, and the standards that the student must meet
- Process for identifying students in need of additional support (If Targeted)
- Assessments used (objective criteria)
- Ranking of students
- All parent engagement flyers, meeting notes, sign-in sheets that show
- All fiscal records associated with Title 1 funds
- Time and effort
- Equipment tracking-if purchased with federal funds