Title I Parent's Right to Know Policies

Attachment A to Administrative Memo No. 37

A Parent’s Right To Know,

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB),

Title I, Section 1111 (6)

(A) Qualifications - At the beginning of each school year,
 
a school division that receives Title I funds shall notify
 
the parents of each student attending any school receiving
 
Title I funds (Targeted Assistance or Schoolwide) that they

may request, and the school division will provide in a

timely manner, information regarding the professional

qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, whether

or not a teacher is funded by Title I. If a parent requests

this information, at a minimum, the following shall be

included:

(i) whether the teacher has met state qualification and

licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject

areas in which the teacher provides instruction;

(ii) whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or

other provisional status through which state

qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;

(iii) the baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any

other graduate certification or degree held by the

teacher, and the field of discipline of the

certification or degree; and

(iv) whether the child is provided services by

paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

(B) Additional Information - In addition to the information

that parents may request under subparagraph (A), a school

(Targeted Assistance or Schoolwide) that receives Title I

funds shall provide to each individual parent:

(i) information on the level of achievement of the

parent’s child in each of the state academic

assessments as required under this part; and

(ii) timely notice if the parent’s child has been

assigned, or has been taught for four or more

consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly

qualified. (The notice is to be sent only to parents

of children taught by this teacher.)

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(C) Format

- The notice and information provided to parents

shall be in an understandable and uniform format and, to

the extent practicable, provided in a language that the

parents can understand.

Parental Involvement Policy and Practice Requirements, (NCLB),

Title I, Section 1118

(a) Local Educational Agency Policy -

(1) In General - A local educational agency may receive

funds under this part only if such agency implements

programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of

parents in programs assisted under this part consistent

with this section. Such programs, activities, and

procedures shall be planned and implemented with meaningful

consultation with parents of participating children.

(2) Written Policy - Each local educational agency that

receives funds under this part shall develop jointly with,

agree on with, and distribute to, parents of participating

children a written parent involvement policy. The policy

shall be incorporated into the local educational agency's

plan developed under section 1112, establish the agency's

expectations for parent involvement, and describe how the

agency will:

(A) involve parents in the joint development of the

plan under section 1112, and the process of school

review and improvement under section 1116;

(B) provide the coordination, technical assistance,

and other support necessary to assist participating

schools in planning and implementing effective parent

involvement activities to improve student academic

achievement and school performance;

(C) build the schools' and parents' capacity for

strong parental involvement as described in subsection

(e);

(D) coordinate and integrate parental involvement

strategies under this part with parental involvement

strategies under other programs, such as the Head

Start program, Reading First program, Early Reading

First program, Even Start program, Parents as Teachers

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program, and Home Instruction Program for Preschool

Youngsters, and state-run preschool programs;

(E) conduct, with the involvement of parents, an

annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of

the parental involvement policy in improving the

academic quality of the schools served under this

part, including identifying barriers to greater

participation by parents in activities authorized by

this section (with particular attention to parents who

are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have

limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or

are of any racial or ethnic minority background), and

use the findings of such evaluation to design

strategies for more effective parental involvement,

and to revise, if necessary, the parental involvement

policies described in this section; and

(F) involve parents in the activities of the schools

served under this part.

(3) Reservation -

(A) In General - Each local educational agency shall

reserve not less than 1 percent of such agency's

allocation under subpart 2 of this part to carry out

this section, including promoting family literacy and

parenting skills, except that this paragraph shall not

apply if 1 percent of such agency's allocation under

subpart 2 of this part for the fiscal year for which

the determination is made is $5,000 or less.

(B) Parental Input - Parents of children receiving

services under this part shall be involved in the

decisions regarding how funds reserved under

subparagraph (A) are allotted for parental involvement

activities.

(C) Distribution of Funds - Not less than 95 percent

of the funds reserved under subparagraph

(A) shall be

distributed to schools served under this part.

(b) School Parental Involvement Policy -

(1) In General - Each school served under this part shall

jointly develop with, and distribute to, parents of

participating children a written parental involvement

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policy, agreed on by such parents, that shall describe the

means for carrying out the requirements of subsections (c)

through (f). Parents shall be notified of the policy in an

understandable and uniform format and, to the extent

practicable, provided in a language the parents can

understand. Such policy shall be made available to the

local community and updated periodically to meet the

changing needs of parents and the school.

(2) Special Rule - If the school has a parental

involvement policy that applies to all parents, such school

may amend that policy, if necessary, to meet the

requirements of this subsection.

(3) Amendment - If the local educational agency involved

has a school district-level parental involvement policy

that applies to all parents, such agency may amend that

policy, if necessary, to meet the requirements of this

subsection.

(4) Parental Comments - If the plan under section 1112 is

not satisfactory to the parents of participating children,

the local educational agency shall submit any parent

comments with such plan when such local educational agency

submits the plan to the State.

(c) Policy Involvement - Each school served under this part

shall

(1) convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to

which all parents of participating children shall be

invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of

their school's participation under this part and to explain

the requirements of this part, and the right of the parents

to be involved;

(2) offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings

in the morning or evening, and may provide, with funds

provided under this part, transportation, childcare, or

home visits, as such services relate to parental

involvement;

(3) involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely

way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs

under this part, including the planning, review, and

improvement of the school parental involvement policy and

the joint development of the schoolwide program plan under

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section 1114(b)(2), except that if a school has in place a

process for involving parents in the joint planning and

design of the school's programs, the school may use that

process, if such process includes an adequate

representation of parents of participating children;

(4) provide parents of participating children:

(A) timely information about programs under this part;

(B) a description and explanation of the curriculum in

use at the school, the forms of academic assessment

used to measure student progress, and the proficiency

levels students are expected to meet; and

(C) if requested by parents, opportunities for regular

meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate,

as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education

of their children, and respond to any such suggestions

as soon as practicably possible; and

(5) if the schoolwide program plan under section

1114(b)(2) is not satisfactory to the parents of

participating children, submit any parent comments on the

plan when the school makes the plan available to the local

educational agency.

(d) Shared Responsibilities for High Student Academic

Achievement - As a component of the school-level parental

involvement policy developed under subsection (b), each school

served under this part shall jointly develop with parents for

all children served under this part a school-parent compact that

outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will

share the responsibility for improved student academic

achievement and the means by which the school and parents will

build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the

State's high standards. Such compact shall:

(1) describe the school's responsibility to provide highquality

curriculum and instruction in a supportive and

effective learning environment that enables the children

served under this part to meet the State's student academic

achievement standards, and the ways in which each parent

will be responsible for supporting their children's

learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework

completion, and television watching; volunteering in their

child's classroom; and participating, as appropriate, in

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decisions relating to the education of their children and

positive use of extracurricular time; and

(2) address the importance of communication between

teachers and parents on an ongoing basis through, at a

minimum:

(A) parent-teacher conferences in elementary schools,

at least annually, during which the compact shall be

discussed as the compact relates to the individual

child's achievement;

(B) frequent reports to parents on their children's

progress; and

(C) reasonable access to staff, opportunities to

volunteer and participate in their child's class, and

observation of classroom activities.

(e) Building Capacity for Involvement - To ensure effective

involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the

school involved, parents, and the community to improve student

academic achievement, each school and local educational agency

assisted under this part:

(1) shall provide assistance to parents of children served

by the school or local educational agency, as appropriate,

in understanding such topics as the State's academic

content standards and State student academic achievement

standards, State and local academic assessments, the

requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child's

progress and work with educators to improve the achievement

of their children;

(2) shall provide materials and training to help parents

to work with their children to improve their children's

achievement, such as literacy training and using

technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement;

(3) shall educate teachers, pupil services personnel,

principals, and other staff, with the assistance of

parents, in the value and utility of contributions of

parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and

work with parents as equal partners, implement and

coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents

and the school;

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(4) shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate,

coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and

activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading

First, Even Start, the Home Instruction Programs for

Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and

public preschool and other programs, and conduct other

activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage

and support parents in more fully participating in the

education of their children;

(5) shall ensure that information related to school and

parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to

the parents of participating children in a format and, to

the extent practicable, in a language the parents can

understand;

(6) may involve parents in the development of training for

teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the

effectiveness of such training;

(7) may provide necessary literacy training from funds

received under this part if the local educational agency

has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of

funding for such training;

(8) may pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated

with local parental involvement activities, including

transportation and childcare costs, to enable parents to

participate in school-related meetings and training

sessions;

(9) may train parents to enhance the involvement of other

parents;

(10) may arrange school meetings at a variety of times, or

conduct in-home conferences between teachers or other

educators, who work directly with participating children,

with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at

school, in order to maximize parental involvement and

participation;

(11) may adopt and implement model approaches to improving

parental involvement;

(12) may establish a districtwide parent advisory council

to provide advice on all matters related to parental

involvement in programs supported under this section;

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(13) may develop appropriate roles for community-based

organizations and businesses in parent involvement

activities; and

(14) shall provide such other reasonable support for

parental involvement activities under this section as

parents may request.

(f) Accessibility – In carrying out the parental involvement

requirements of this part, local educational agencies and

schools, to the extent practicable, shall provide full

opportunities for the participation of parents with limited

English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of

migratory children, including providing information and school

reports required under section 1111 in a format and, to the

extent practicable, in a language such parents understand.

(g) Information From Parental Information and Resource Centers -

In a State where a parental information and resource center is

established to provide training, information, and support to

parents and individuals who work with local parents, local

educational agencies, and schools receiving assistance under

this part, each local educational agency or school that receives

assistance under this part and is located in the State shall

assist parents and parental organizations by informing such

parents and organizations of the existence and purpose of such

centers.

(h) Review - The State educational agency shall review the local

educational agency's parental involvement policies and practices

to determine if the policies and practices meet the requirements

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