Parent Involvement and Communication Requirements
The Parent Involvement and Communication Requirements are based upon the final text of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB Act), final regulations for Title I, Part A (CFR 34 200), the amended Title I regulation effective November 28, 2008, and Title III, Part A. According to the NCLB Act, the following notices and information must be provided or made available to parents in a “uniform format and, when practicable, in a language the parent can understand.”
According to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, all parents:
- must be informed of their right to request information regarding their child’s teacher. Once requested, this must be provided in a timely manner.
Note: Parents have a right to information on the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher.
- must receive notification if a teacher who is not highly qualified is teaching their child.
Note: Parents are entitled to be informed if their child is not taught by a “highly qualified” teacher, as defined by federal and state statutes and regulations, for four consecutive weeks. In the elementary schools, a highly qualified teacher is one who has passed a state test demonstrating subject knowledge and teaching skills, possesses a bachelor’s degree or higher, and has a state certificate. In the middle and high schools, a highly qualified teacher is one who passed a state test in the subject areas that he or she teaches or successfully completes an academic major or equivalent course work, graduate degree, or advanced certification or credentials in each subject taught, has a bachelor’s degree or higher, and is certified.
- must receive annual academic assessment results.
Note: Each year a school that receives Title I, Part A funds must provide parents with an individual student report informing them of their child's achievement level on the State's assessments in at least reading/language arts and mathematics.
- must be informed if a schools is identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring, including information on option to transfer student, with transportation provided, to another school.
Note: Parents also have a right to know if a school within the Jackson Public School District has been identified for improvement, corrective action or restructuring and to be informed of the option to then transfer or receive supplemental educational services.
- must be provided at least an annual notice regarding the availability of supplemental educational services if a school fails to meet adequate yearly progress.
- must be provided access to the parental involvement policy of their school.
Note: Each school must develop, jointly with parents of children participating in Title I, Part A services, a written school parental involvement policy that describes how the school will carry out the parental involvement requirements and the development of a school-parent compact. A school-parent compact is a written agreement between the school and the parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs that identifies the activities that the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will undertake to share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.
- must be invited to an annual meeting that will inform them of their school’s participation in programs funded under the NCLB Act.
- must be provided with a description of curriculum, assessment, and proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
- must be provided district and school information and reports.
- must be notified annually of board policies relating to student privacy and parental access to information.
According to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, all parents of English language learners:
- must be provided notice of failure of program to meet annual measurable achievement objective.
- must be provided notice of opportunities for attending meetings.
- must be provided information on how they can be involved in education of their child.
- must be given access to a school-wide comprehensive plan.
- must be notified of their students’ continuing placement in a language development program.
- must be notified of initial placement of student in a language instruction program.
- must be informed of their right to remove their child from a language instruction program and their options for choosing another program.