Title I - "Parent Right to Know"
TO: All Parents and Guardians
FROM: Wilson Elementary
SUBJECT: Parents/Guardians Right to Know (Title I, Part A Programs)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law December 10, 2015, and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). ESSA builds upon the work states, districts, and schools implemented over the last few years. The reauthorized law prioritizes excellence and equity for our students and supports great educators. As part of ESSA, districts and schools must provide parents with the following information:
- The professional qualifications of teachers and instructional paraprofessionals
- Individual report cards that lets you know how your child is progressing.
The Title I, Part A Program allows schools and districts to offer services and interventions that support struggling learners. Title I, Part A is one of the many programs governed by ESSA.
- Your Right to Know - Professional Qualifications of Teachers. Parents of children attending Title I, Part A schools have the right to request and receive information about the qualifications of the educators who teach students core subjects - reading, English language arts and mathematics. The same applies to paraprofessionals who provide instructional support to students. At a minimum, the information given to you must explain these three essential components of an educator’s qualifications. Whether the student’s teacher -
- Has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
- Is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
- Is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.
YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW
Qualifications of Paraprofessionals - Paraprofessionals must work under the supervision of a certified teacher. In schools that operate a schoolwide program, all paraprofessionals must have special qualifications. Schools that operate a Title I, Part A program must have a high school diploma or GED and completed the following:
- Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education; or
- Obtained an associate’s or higher degree; or
- Meet a high standard of quality
REPORT CARD FOR EVERY STUDENT
You have the 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 students scored on the state assessment in, at least, reading, English language arts, and mathematics.
STATE REPORT CARD
Coppell ISD publishes a State Report Card online. Use this website: www.coppellisd.com to find this information.