Dear Parent or Guardian,
On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. Under ESSA Section 1112(e) parents of students attending Title I schools are to be provided these two notifications:
Section 1112(e) (1) (A) of ESSA states that as a parent/guardian of a student at a school which receives Title I funds, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers instructing your child. Federal law requires the school division to provide you this information in a timely manner if you request it. Specifically, you have the right to request the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:
● Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
● Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status because of special circumstances.
● Whether the teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification or degree he/she received.
● Whether paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if so, their qualifications.
Section 1112(e) (2) of ESSA states that parents of students in Title I schools have a right to know about state or division policies regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by ESSA, including any policy, procedure, or parental right to opt students out of such assessments.
Please note that you can also obtain additional information about your child’s school by accessing the School Quality Profile on each school’s website. This document gives detailed information about the academic performance of the children in our schools and teacher
qualifications. If you have difficulty accessing the link or would like a written copy of the School Quality Profile, please contact your child’s principal. If you would like to request any of the information shared above, please contact Mrs. Leslie Russell, Program Administrator for Federal Programs for Chesapeake Public Schools, by calling (757) 547-1183.
Jared A. Cotton, Ed. D.