Parent Right to Know
Section 1111(h)(6) of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) outlines “parent-right-to-know” requirements. It requires that school districts receiving Title 1, Part A funds notify parents at the beginning of each school year of their right to request information, regarding the professional qualifications of the child’s teacher and/or paraprofessional.
Parents are entitled to have access, upon request, to the following information:
Whether the teacher has met state qualifications for licensure in the grade levels and subject areas in which he/she teaches; The level of state teacher certification: Emergency, Instructional I, Instructional II, etc., held by the teacher; 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 Qualifications of the para professionals working with the child.
Parent right-to-know requirements also state that a school district must provide timely notification to parents when a teacher, who is not highly qualified, has instructed their child for more than four consecutive weeks. Additionally, parents must be given information regarding the level of achievement their child has attained on the PSSA. All parent right-to-know notifications must be written in a format that is easily understandable by parents and, if practicable, in a language that parents understand. Any questions or inquiries in this regard should be directed to the child’s building principal.