PUBLISHED IN THE CLAREMORE DAILY PROGRESS, CLAREMORE, OKLA., AUGUST 15, 2006
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2001
PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW
Section 111 (6) (A)-Qualifications.-At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under this part shall notify the parents if each student attending any school receiving funds under this part that the parents may request in writing, and the agency will provide the parents on request (and in timely manner), information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, including, at a minimum, the following:
(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.
(iv) Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
According to the Act the information listed above must only be provided to parents who request the information. The LEA/school site must notify parents that they have the right to request the information.
Section 1111 (6) (B)-ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.- In addition to the information that parents may request under subparagraph (A), a school that receives funds under this part shall provide to each individual parent-
• Information on the level of achievement of the parent’s child in each of the State academic assessments.
Timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.
The Act also requires that this information be provided to parents, to the extent practicable, in an understandable format and in a language that parents can understand.