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Monday, July 30, 2012

What The Law Requires For Title I Districts!!!

The No Child Left Behind Act makes unprecedented promises to parents!
Some of those provisions affect all schools. The rest apply to the 93 percent of school districts that get Title I poverty aid (The Englewood Public School District gets Title 1 poverty aid. This is NOT part of No Child Left Behind that has been waived for any state.) 

States must publish report cards showing the Math and English performance of all students, breaking out results for all racial and ethnic groups, poor students, disabled students and limited-English students. The report cards must include qualifications of teachers, incliuding a comparison of teachers in high-poverty and low-poverty schools. 

School districts must notify parents if their child attends a "persistently dangerous" school and give  parents the choice to move their child to a safer school in the district. 

States must report progress in ensuring that poor and minority students are not disproportionately assigned to teachers who are inexperienced, unqualified or out of field.

Based on tests, states must provide diagnostic reports for every student.

School districts must notify parents at least annually about the timing of certain activities and give parents a chance to opt their kids out. Those activities include the collection of student information to be used for marketing purposes and any invasive physical exam that is not considered an emergency or essential to protecting public health.

School districts must give any parent of a secondary school student the option of requiring written consent before the student's information is given to military recruiters.

States that receive federal aid to help homeless children must seek to notify  parents or guardians of their rights. Those include the choice of schools children are eligible to attend and a promise that homeless children are not to be stigmatized by school personnel.

Title I districts must also:
Notify parents of their right to transfer their child if the current school has not made adequate yearly progress for two straight years. Low-income parents must be offered tutoring for their child if a school has not met progress goals for three years, and districts must help parents get information about the qualifications and services of tutors.  (Simply writing a letter to parents saying that, "we nailed it," is not sufficient or even  proper.)

Inform parents of children in Title I schools that they have the right to information about the qualifications of their children's teachers.

Give parents of children with limited English skills a package of information if Title I money is spent on programs for such students.

Give parents clear notice if their child has been taught for at least four straight weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified. (Now this one is indeed a joke. We had a psychology major teaching Math. Careful assessment of grades will surely reveal that too many of this teacher's students did not pass the NJAsk standardized test in 8th grade for Math.)

Hold meetings at convenient times for parents and give an explanation of the curriculum, tests used and the achievement levels students are expected to meet.

(Reprinted from the Associated Press 2004...extracted from NCLB law.)