The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.
The previous version of the law, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, was enacted in 2002.In accordance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, you have the right to request information about the professional qualifications of your child's classroom teachers. Specifically, you have the right to request the following information concerning your child's teacher:
- Whether the teacher has met New York State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas he or she teaches;
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which the State Qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
- The teacher's college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees or certifications, and if so, the subject of those degrees or certifications; and
Requests to receive any of the above information may be directed in writing to the building principals: Jr./Sr. High School Principal or GRM Principal
- If you child receives services from any instructional assistants or similar paraprofessionals, the qualifications of those individuals.