Parent Notification Requirements
On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law as Public Law Number 114-95. In accordance with the, Every Student Succeeds Act we want every parent of a student in a Title I school to know they have the right to request and receive in a timely manner information regarding teacher qualifications, testing information and information regarding language instruction.
Parents may request information and receive in a timely manner the following:
● whether your child’s teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas taught;
● whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or temporary status in which the state qualifications and licensing criteria are waived;
● what the teachers' baccalaureate degree major, graduate certification, and field of discipline
● whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications
Parents also have the right to know
● 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 timely notice 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.
IN GENERAL.—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 local educational agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding any State or local educational agency policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by section 1111(b)(2) and by the State or local educational agency, which shall include a policy, procedure, or parental right to opt the child out of such assessment, where applicable.
Each local education agency that receives funds under this part shall make widely available through public means (including by posting in a clear and easily accessible manner on the local educational agency’ website and, where practicable, on the website of each school served by the local educational agency) for each grade served by the local educational agency,
● information on each assessment required by the State to comply with section 1111, other assessments required by the State, and where such information is available and feasible to report, assessments required districtwide by the local educational agency, including
○ the subject matter assessed;
○ the purpose for which the assessment is designed and used;
○ the source of the requirement for the assessment; and
○ where such information is available
○ the amount of time students will spend taking the assessment, and the schedule for the assessment; and
○ the time and format for disseminating results.
NOTICE.—Each local educational agency using funds under this part or title III to provide a language instruction educational program as determined under title III shall, not later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year, inform parents of an English learner identified for participation or participating in such a program, of
● the reasons for the identification of their child as an English learner and in need of placement in a language instruction educational program;
● the child’s level of English proficiency, how such level was assessed, and the status of the child’s academic achievement;
● the methods of instruction used in the program in which their child is, or will be, participating and the methods of instruction used in other available programs, including how such programs differ in content, instructional goals, and the use of English and a native language in instruction;
● how the program in which their child is, or will be, participating will meet the educational strengths and needs of their child;
● how such program will specifically help their child learn English and meet age-appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation;
● the specific exit requirements of the program, including the expected rate of transition from such program into classrooms that are not tailored for English learners, and the expected rate of graduation from high school
● in the case of a child with a disability, how such program meets the objectives of the individualized education program of the child,
● information pertaining to parental rights that includes written guidance
○ detailing the right that parents have to have their child immediately removed from such program upon their request;
○ detailing the options that parents have to decline to enroll their child in such program or to choose another program or method of instruction, if available; and
○ assisting parents in selecting among various programs and methods of instruction, if more than program or method is offered by the eligible entity.
SPECIAL RULE APPLICABLE DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.—For those children who have not been identified as English learners prior to the beginning of the school year but are identified as English learners during such school year, the local educational agency shall notify the children’s parents during the first 2 weeks of the child being placed in a language instruction educational program consistent with subparagraph
PARENTAL PARTICIPATION.— IN GENERAL.—Each local educational agency receiving funds under this part shall implement an effective means of outreach to parents of English learners to inform the parents regarding how the parents can:
● be involved in the education of their children;
● be active participants in assisting their children to
○ attain English proficiency;
○ achieve at high levels within a well-rounded education; and
○ meet the challenging State academic standards expected of all students.
REGULAR MEETINGS.— Implementing an effective means of outreach to parents under clause:
● shall include holding, and sending notice of opportunities for, regular meetings for the purpose of formulating and responding to recommendations from parents of students assisted under this part or title III.
BASIS FOR ADMISSION OR EXCLUSION.—A student shall not be admitted to, or excluded from, any federally assisted education program on the basis of a surname or language minority status.
NOTICE AND FORMAT.—The notice and information provided to parents under this subsection shall be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language that the parents can understand.