Parent Notification

  • The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires notification to parents when any of the following situations exist in a Local Education Agency (LEA) receiving federal funds. Additional information regarding these requirements can be found in this manual.

    1. LEAs must annually disseminate DESE’s ESSA Complaint Procedures to parents of students and appropriate nonpublic school officials or representatives.

    2. At the beginning of each school year, a participating LEA must notify the parents of each student attending a school that receives Title I.A funds that they may request, and the LEA will provide in a timely manner, information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers and any paraprofessionals providing services to their child.

    3. A school that receives Title I.A funds must provide all parents notice their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks, by a teacher or a person who is not appropriately certified.

    4. Within 30 days after the beginning of the school year, an LEA must inform parents their child has been identified for participation in a language instruction educational program.

    5. Parents/guardians of students enrolled in a persistently dangerous school or students who are victims of violent criminal offense while on school property must be notified of their option to transfer their student to a school that is not designated persistently dangerous.

    6. Testing Transparency – LEAs must make available to the public for each grade and each assessment required by the state, the following:
    a. the subject matter assessed;
    b. the purpose for which the assessment is designed and used;
    c. the source of the requirement for the assessment (statutory cite); d. the amount of time spent on the assessment;
    e. the schedule for administering the assessment; and,
    f. the time and format for disseminating results.