Parent's Rights

NOTIFICATION TO PARENTS

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS OF TEACHERS

NCLB Title I-A, Sections 1111 and 1119

This technical assistance document is intended to provide an overview of the authorizing statute and should be used in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education policy guidance Improving Teacher Quality (Title II) that may be found at http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/edpicks.jhtml?src=ln.

At the beginning of each school year, districts must notify parents in Title I schools of their right-to-request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child's teacher(s). Also at the beginning of each school year, Title I schools must monitor the time in which students are taught by a teacher of a core academic subject who is not "highly qualified." After four consecutive weeks, the school must notify parents. The notice applies for four consecutive weeks at any time during the school year. Each year the principals of Title I schools must certify in writing that the schools are complying with NCLB's mandate for highly qualified teachers.

Districts should determine if the teachers in the district are considered "highly qualified" for the core academic course(s) they teach. The definition of "highly qualified" teacher may be accessed at http://www.kyepsb.net/NCLB.asp. "Highly qualified" means meeting the following NCLB requirements:

  1. 1. Hold at least a bachelor's degree;
  2. 2. Hold full Kentucky certification (emergency, probationary and adjunct instructor certifications are not full Kentucky certifications); AND
  3. 3. Demonstrate competency in each of the core academic subjects taught.

AT THIS TIME ALL TEACHERS IN THE PIKE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM MEET THE "HIGHLY QUALIFIED"STATUS.

All questions concerning the definition of a "highly qualified" teacher, should be directed to the Education Professional Standards Board; please contact Cindy Godsey, EPSB, at (502) 564-4606 or (888) 598-7667 or email cindy.godsey@ky.gov.

District Requirement for Notification to Parents

At the beginning of each school year, a district that accepts Title I, Part A funding must notify parents of students in Title I schools that they may request information regarding their child's teacher(s). The district must provide the parents, on request, information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's teacher(s). The information must include, at a minimum, the following:

1. Whether the teacher has met the state requirements for licensure and certification for the grade levels and subject matters in which the teacher provides instruction;

2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;

3. The college major and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and

4. Whether your child is provided services by paraeducators, and if so, their qualifications.

Parents/guardians must request in writing if they wish to know the professional qualifications of any teacher.

For information concerning teacher qualifications within the Pike County School System  please feel free to contact Robert J. Osborne, Director  of Federal Programs for Pike County Schools.

Email at robert.osborne@pike.kyschools.us

Telephone - 606- 433-9217

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