Parents Right to Know

Parents Right to Know

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (you may also hear it referred to as the Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA) requires school districts to notify parents of children in all Title I schools that they have the right to request and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers. This notice must be sent at the start of each school year. The notice does not itself contain the teacher information; it simply tells parents the types of information they may request. At a minimum, if a parent requests it, LEA/school must report:

  • Whether the teacher has met state qualifying and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher is teaching;
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
  • The teacher’s college degree major and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, including the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and
  • Whether the child is provided services by a teacher assistant and, if so, the assistant’s qualifications.

In addition, if a child is assigned, or taught by, a teacher who is not “highly qualified” for four or more consecutive weeks, the parent must receive timely notice.

These and other communications with parents must be in an understandable and uniform format and to the extent practical, in a language the parents can understand. According to ED guidance, if there is no other way to provide information, it should be provided verbally.

Requests must be in writing to the principal.

This only applies to Title I schools.

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