According to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, parents may request from their child’s school information regarding the professional qualifications of their child's classroom teachers, including, at a minimum, the following:
- Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
- 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.
- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
- Timely notice that the parent's child has been assigned or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.
In addition, the NCLB federal law requires that the school shall provide the following:
- Parents should be provided the level of achievement of their children each year based on the results of state assessments.
- Parents should be invited to an annual meeting to inform parents of their right to be involved in the planning of school improvement programs. In addition, a number of parent meetings should be scheduled to involve parents in decisions related to the education of their children.
- Include parents in an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent involvement policy in improving the academic quality, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents.
- Parents should be involved in decisions that determine how federal funds for parental involvement are used, including activities promoting family literacy and parenting skills.
- A school-parent compact should be developed that outlines how parents and the school share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.
Parents are asked to see the school Principal for information about the qualifications of a student’s teacher, their child’s level of achievement, and the school’s parent involvement activities.