• Parent Involvement & Parents' Right to Know

    Research concluded that "the evidence is consistent, positive, and convincing: families have a major influence on their child's achievement in school and through life. When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more." The involvement of parents in their child's education and schools is critical.
     
    The parental involvement provisions of Title I, Part A of the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reflect these principles. Specifically, the provisions stress the following:
    • shared accountability between schools and parent for high student achievement, including expanded School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services for eligible children in low-performing schools,

    • local development of parental involvement plans with sufficient flexibility to address local needs, and

    • building parents' capacity for using effective practices to improve their own child's academic achievement.

    The Brandywine School District  recognizes that partnerships between families and schools are strong foundations for educational reform and is committed to carrying out activities , such as those described in Section 1118. [Section 9101(32), ESEA].
     
     Each Title I school, in collaboration with parents, writes its own School/Parent Compact, and there is a District Title I Parent Involvement Policy developed, distributed and evaluated by members of the District Parent Advisory Council annually. Parents are notified annually of the following:
    • Parent Notification of "Highly Qualified" teachers and paraprofessionals
      • Parents must receive a notification of their right to request information on teachers’ qualifications. If such a request is made, parents should receive information on whether teachers meet state certification requirements for the grade level and subjects they’re teaching, whether they are teaching via provisional waiver or emergency permit, their degree major and field of discipline as well as any graduate certification they hold. If their child receives any services from a paraprofessional, parents should also be notified if the paraprofessional has met paraprofessional qualifications.
    • Parent Notification of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
      • A copy of the school’s AYP report must go out to parents along with a description of what AYP means and the current status of the school in terms of AYP. The AYP report reviews the school’s annual progress on the state assessments to determine if AYP is being met and to identify schools and districts in need of improvement.
    • Parent Notification of the Annual Title I Parent Meeting
      • Parents must receive notice that the Title I program will host a required meeting detailing parents’ rights, the program’s intent, the services that will be provided, the Title I curriculum, assessments that will be administered, an overview of the Title I parent involvement policy, and the parent’s right to refuse services and provide feedback on the Title I program.