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STATE OF TENNESSEE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
PHIL BREDESEN 6th FLOOR, ANDREW
JOHNSON TOWER LANA C. SEIVERS, Ed.D.
GOVERNOR 710 JAMES ROBERTSON PARKWAY
NASHVILLE, TN 37243-0375
PARENTAL NOTIFICATION UNDER NCLBA
Tennessee Department of Education
Office of Federal Programs
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) makes it clear that
Congress expects schools receiving federal funds to ensure
that parents are actively involved and knowledgeable about their
schools and their children's education. The law
requires schools to give parents many different kinds of
information and notices in a uniform and understandable format
and to the extent practicable, in a language that the parents
can understand. Listed below are some of these
requirements. (It includes only those notices that must be made
to parents by school districts or individual public
! Report cards on statewide academic assessment. No later than
the beginning of the 2002-03 school year,
school districts that receive Title I funds must prepare and
distribute to parents an annual district report card
showing the number and percentage of schools identified for
school improvement; how long the schools have
been so identified; and how students achieved on a statewide
academic assessment compared to students in the
state as a whole. For each school in the district, the report
card must show whether the school has been
identified for school improvement and how the achievement of the
school's students on the statewide
assessment and other indicators of adequate yearly progress
compare to those in the district and the state as a
whole. 20 U.S.C. §6311(h)(2). For each school served under
Title I, the district must determine and publicize
annually whether the school is making adequate yearly progress.
20 U.S.C. §6316(a)(1)(C). In Tennessee,
these requirements are met through our State's report card.
! Teacher qualification. At the beginning of each school year, a
district that received Title I funds must notify
parents that they may request information about the professional
qualifications of their children's classroom
teacher(s). If a parent requests the information, it must
include at least whether the teacher has met state
qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and
subject areas taught; whether the teacher is
teaching under emergency or other provisional status; the
baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any
other graduate certification. The information must also disclose
whether the child is provided services by
paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications. 20 U.S.C.
§6311(h)(6). A Title I school must also give 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. 20 U.S.C.
§6311(h)(6)(B); 20 U.S.C. §6312(c)(1)(N).
! Individual achievement on state assessment. A school that
receives Title I funds must provide each parent
information on the achievement level of their child on each of
the state academic assessments as soon as is
practicably possible after the test is taken. 20 U.S.C.
§6311(h)(6)(B); 20 U.S.C. §6312(c)(1)(N).
! Limited English proficiency programs. A school district that
uses federal funds to provide a language
instruction education program for children with limited English
proficiency must no later than 30 days after the
beginning of the school year give the parent(s) of each child
identified for participation or participating in such
a program the following information: why the child is placed in
the program; the child's level of English
proficiency, how that level was determined and the status of the
child's academic achievement; methods of
instruction in the program in which their child is placed and
those of other available programs; how the
program will meet the educational needs of their child; how the
program will help their child learn English and
meet the educational needs of academic achievement standards for
grade promotion and graduation; the
specific exit requirements for the program; in the case of a
child with a disability, how the program meets the
child's IEP objectives; and information about parental rights.
For a child not identified as limited English
proficient prior to the beginning of the school year, the
district must notify parents within the first two weeks
of the child being placed in such a program. 20
U.S.C.§6312(g); 20 U.S.C. §7012(a) - (d).
! Schools identified for improvement, corrective action or
restructuring. A school district receiving Title I
funds must promptly notify parents of each student enrolled in
an elementary or secondary school identified for
improvement, corrective action or restructuring that the school
has been so identified, an explanation of what
the identification means, how the school compares in terms of
academic achievement with other schools in the
district and in the state, the reasons for the identification,
what the school is doing to address low achievement,
what the district and state will do to help the school, how the
parents can become involved in addressing the
school's academic issues, and an explanation of the parents'
option to transfer their child to another public
school or to obtain supplemental educational services for the
child. If a school is subject to restructuring, the
district must promptly notify the teachers and parents and
provide them an opportunity to comment before an
action is taken and to participate in developing any
restructuring plan. 20 U.S.C. §6316(b)(6) - (8).
! Supplemental educational services. If a school fails to make
adequate yearly progress according to certain
statutory timetables, the district must make supplemental
educational services available to eligible children in
the school. The district must provide annual notice to parents
of the availability of these services, the identity
of approved providers of these services and a brief description
of the services, qualifications and demonstrated
effectiveness of each provider. 20 U.S.C. §631(e)(2).
! Parental involvement policy. A district receiving Title I
funds and each school served under Title I must
jointly develop with and distribute to parents of children
participating in Title I programs a written parental
involvement policy. If a school or district has a parental
involvement policy that applies to all parents, it may
amend the policy to meet the requirements under the NCLB.
Schools must hold at lease one annual meeting
for Title I parents; offer a flexible number of meetings;
involve parents in an ongoing manner in the planning,
review and improvement of Title I programs; provide Title I
parents with information about the programs, a
description and explanation of the curriculum, forms of academic
assessment and if requested opportunities for
regular meetings to discuss the education of their children; and
develop a school-parent compact that outlines
the responsibilities of each party for improved student academic
achievement. 20 U.S.C. §6318(b), (c).
! Safe and drug-free schools programs. A district receiving safe
and drug-free school program funds must
inform and involve parents in violence and drug prevention
efforts. The district must make reasonable efforts
to inform parents of the content of safe and drug-free school
programs and activities other than classroom
instruction. If a parent objects in writing, the district must
withdraw the student from the program or activity.
20 U.S.C. §7116(b); 20 U.S.C. §7163.
! National Assessment of Education Progress. Districts, schools
and students may voluntarily participate in
the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Parents of
children selected to participate in any NAEP
assessment must be informed before the assessment is
administered that their child may be excused from
participation for any reason, is not required to finish any
assessment and is not required to answer any test
question. A district must make reasonable efforts to inform
parents and the public about their right to access to
all assessment data (except personally identifiable
information), questions and current assessment instruments.
20 U.S.C. §9010 (c)(1)(A), (d)(2).
! Military recruiter access to student information. Districts
receiving federal education funds must notify
parents of secondary school students that they have a right to
request their child's name, address and telephone
number not be released to a military recruiter without their
prior written consent. Districts must comply with
any such requests. 20 U.S.C. §7908(a)(2).
! Homeless children. To be eligible for federal funds for
programs assisting the education of homeless
children, a district must provide written notice to the parents
of each child enrolled in a separate school for
homeless children of the choice of schools that homeless
schools, and that homeless children must be provided
transportation services, educational services and meals through
school meal programs comparable to those
offered to other children in the school attended. The notice
must also include contact information for the local
liaison for homeless children and the state coordinator for
education of homeless children. If the district sends
a homeless child to a school other that the school of origin or
the school requested by the parent, the district
must proved the parents a written explanation for, including
notice of the right to appeal, the decision. The
information must also be provided whenever a dispute arises over
school selection. 42 U.S.C.
§11432(e)(3)(C), (E); 11432(g)(2)(B), (E).
! Student privacy. A district must develop and adopt policies
regarding the rights of parents to inspect third
party surveys before they are distributed to students; measures
to protect student privacy when surveys ask for
certain sensitive information; parental right to inspect any
instructional materials; administration of physical
examinations or screening of students; collection, disclosure or
sue of personal information from students for
the purpose of marketing or selling that information; and the
parental right to inspect any instrument used to
collect personal information before it is distributed to
students. Districts must give parents annual notice of an
adoption or continued use of such policies and within a
reasonable period of time after any substantive change
in such policies. Districts must give parents annual notice at
the beginning of the school year of the specific or
approximate dates during the school year when the following
activities are scheduled or expected to be
scheduled: activities involving the collection, disclosure or
use of personal student information for the purpose
of marketing or selling that information; administration of
surveys containing request for certain types of
sensitive information; any non-emergency, invasive physical
examination that is required as a condition of
attendance, administered by the school, scheduled in advance and
not necessary to protect the immediate health
and safety of student. 20 U.S.C. §1232h(c)(2).
! Waiver request. If a school district requests the U.S.
Secretary of Education to waive any provision or
regulation of the NCLB, it must provide notice and information
about the waiver to the public in the manner in
which is customarily provides public notice. 20 U.S.C.
! 21st Century Community Learning Centers. A
program or activity funded as part of a 21st
Community Learning Center providing before and after school
activities to advance student academic
achievement must undergo periodic evaluation to assess its
progress toward providing high quality
opportunities for academic enrichment. If a district provides
such programs or activities, it must notify the
public that the results of any such evaluation are available
upon request. 20 U.S.C. §7175(b)(2)(B).
! Schoolwide programs. A district must inform eligible schools
and parents of schoolwide program authority
under which such schools may consolidate funds from federal,
state and local sources to upgrade the entire
educational program of the school. The school must serve an
eligible attendance area in which at least 40% of
the children in the area or enrolled in the school are from
low-income families. 20 U.S.C. §6312(c)(1)(A).