COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 37

September 12, 2008

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Collection of Title I Parent's Right to Know Policies and Parental Involvement Policies

 

The purpose of this memorandum is to remind school divisions of their obligation to notify parents of students in Title I schools of their right to know certain information as required in Title I, Part A, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001(NCLB). The United States Department of Education has advised the Virginia Department of Education to collect local school division and school policies to ensure compliance with this requirement.

 

A Parent's Right to Know

Under Section 1111(6)(A)(B)(C) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, A Parent's Right to Know, local school divisions must advise parents in Title I schools at the beginning of the school year that they may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers.

 

In addition, schools that receive Title I funds must provide to individual parents:

 

a) information on the level of achievement of the child on state academic assessments in reading and language arts; and

b)     timely notice if the child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks, by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

 

The information must be mailed to parents in an understandable, uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language that the parents can understand.

 

Attachment A provides the complete text of the requirements in the law under A Parent's Right to Know.

 

Parental Involvement Policy Requirements

Section 1118(h) of NCLB requires states to review the local school division's Title I parental involvement policies and practices to determine if the policies meet the requirements. School-level parental involvement polices must be developed with parents of students attending the school and must reflect their input. Attachment A provides the complete text of the requirements for local school divisions related to parental involvement policies.

 

To ensure compliance with the law, please forward copies of: 1) each Title I school's parents' right to know; and 2) parental involvement policies to Shady Clark, Title I specialist, by Friday, October 31, 2008. The information may be sent electronically to Shady.Clark@doe.virginia.gov, by fax to (804)371-7347, or by mail to Shady Clark, Title I specialist, Office of Program Administration and Accountability, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120. Please contact Shady Clark by e-mail at Shady.Clark@doe.virginia.gov or phone at (804) 225-2901 with questions or requests for additional information.

 

BKCJr/rs

 

Attachment

 

a. A Parent's Right to Know, Title I, Section 1111(6) and Parental Involvement Policy and Practice Requirements, Title I, Section 1118 (PDF)