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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

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Parents Right to Know

In accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act, this is a notification to every parent of a student in a Title I school that you have the right to request and receive in a timely manner: (A) information regarding the professional qualifications of your student’s classroom teachers, (B) information on instructional paraprofessionals and (C) the assessment policies within the district.

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A. The following information may be requested about the professional qualifications of classroom teacher(s):

1. Whether the teacher has met Illinois teacher certification requirements for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction

2. Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which Illinois qualifications or certification criteria have been waived

3. The college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher

In addition to the above information you will be notified if your student has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the applicable state certification for licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.

B. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. Paraprofessionals must work under the supervision of a certified teacher.

In schools that operate a School wide program, all paraprofessionals must meet professional qualifications. In a Targeted Assistance program, any paraprofessional directly supervised by a certificated teacher must meet the professional qualifications.

C. Districts and schools must provide, including posting on their respective websites in a clear and easily accessible manner information, each assessment required by the State and the district. See attached.

If you wish to request information concerning the qualifications of your child’s teachers and instructional paraprofessionals, please contact the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at 847-824-1136.

School accountability in ESSA requires that each state consider more than academic achievement in grades 3 through 12. Also, while ESSA requires that the accountability system of a state to include academic proficiency, it also requires the following: Academic growth (grades 3 through 8); English Language proficiency (grades 3 through 12); and one or more student quality or student success indicator.

The quality indicators Illinois has identified are related to Student Attendance and Climate and Culture survey data. Refer to pages 5-7 for more information on our attendance policies and page 25 for more information on the value of participation in the 5Essentials and about the survey itself.

Unsafe School Choice Option-Policy 4:170

The unsafe school choice option allows students to transfer to another district school or to a public charter school within the district. The unsafe school choice option is available to:

1.  All students attending a persistently dangerous school, as defined by State law and identified by the Illinois State Board of Education.

2. Any student who is a victim of a violent criminal offense, as defined by 725 ILCS 120/3, that occurred on school grounds during regular school hours or during a school sponsored event.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures to implement the unsafe school choice option.