Parents Right to Know

Parents Right to Know: Title I Schools

Parents Right to Know Letter (English)
Parents Right to Know Letter (Spanish)

Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires all LEAs to notify

parents of all children in all Title I schools that they have the right to request

and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of their

children’s classroom teachers. This notice must be sent at the start of each

school year. The notice does not itself contain the teacher information; it

simply tells parents the types of information they may request.

At a minimum, if a parent requests it, LEA/school must report:

• Whether the teacher has met state qualifying and licensing criteria for

the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher is teaching;

• Whether the teacher is teacher under emergency or other provisional

status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been


• The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate

certification or degree held by the teacher, including the field of

discipline of the certification or degree; and

• Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessional and, if so,

their qualifications.

In addition, if a child is assigned, or taught by, a teacher who is not “highly

qualified” for four or more consecutive weeks, the parents must receive

timely notice.

These and other communications with parents must be in an understandable

and uniform format and, to the extent practical, in a language the parents can

understand. According to ED guidance, if there is no other way to provide

information, it should be provided in oral translation.

Requests must be in writing to the principal.

This applies only to Title I schools.