Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Parents' Right to Know Notification

In accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law in December 2015 and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1956 (ESEA), parent and guardians within schools operating with Federal Title I funds are annually notified the right to request professional qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals as well as information on assessments provided within the school entity.

As stipulated in the federal law, parents/guardians may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher(s). Specifically, individuals have the right to ask for the following information:
  • Whether the student’s teacher met state qualifying and licensing criteria for the grade level or subject he/she is teaching;
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status;
  • The teacher’s college major, the baccalaureate degree, and/or any advanced degrees earned by the teacher;
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

To obtain this information, please submit your request in writing to the address listed below. Each request should include the student’s name, his/her teachers’ names and the school he/she attends. Please be certain to include your name, address and a telephone number at which you can be contacted during the day. Thank you.

West Shore School District
Human Resources Department
507 Fishing Creek Road
Lewisberry, PA  17339

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