Alloway Creek Elementary School
Title 1 Literacy Program

 

Ms. Celeste Beard 

Reading Specialist and Title I Supervisor 

August 28, 2017

Dear Families:

Your child attends Alloway Creek Elementary School (ACES), which receives Federal Title I funds to assist students in meeting state achievement standards. Throughout the school year, we will be providing you with important information about this law and your child’s education. This letter lets you know about your right to request information about the qualifications of the classroom staff working with your child.

At ACES, we are confident that our teachers are ready for this school year and are prepared to give your child a high-quality education. As a Title I school, we must meet federal rules related to teacher qualifications as defined in No Child Left Behind now Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These rules allow you to learn more about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials. We are happy to provide this information to you. At any time, you may ask:

  • Whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching,

  • Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and

  • What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.

You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional. If your child receives this assistance, we can provide you with information about the paraprofessional’s qualifications.

The ESSA which was signed into law in December 2015 and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1956 (ESEA) includes additional right to know requests. At any time, parents and family members can request:

  • Information on policies regarding student participation in assessments and procedures for opting out, and

  • Information on required assessments that include:

    • Subject matter tested;

    • Purpose of test;

    • Source of the requirement (if applicable);

    • Amount of time it takes students to complete the test; and

    • Time and format of disseminating results.

 

Our staff is committed to helping your child develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking he/she needs to succeed in school and beyond. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals are highly skilled.

If you have any questions about your child’s assignment to a teacher or paraprofessional, please contact me at 717.359.4146 Ext. 5253 or beardc@lasd.k12.pa.us.

Respectfully,

 

Ms. Celeste K. Beard

Reading Specialist and Title I Supervisor

Littlestown Area School District