“No Child Left Behind” Education Law

The “No Child Left Behind” education law has a section that gives you, as a parent or guardian, the right to request and review information from your school district on the professional qualifications of your child’s teachers.  Under this law, any school which receives federal education funds from Title I, Part A, must provide this information to you if you request it.  Since Battle Lake School does receive these federal education funds, you may request the following information:


I.                    Has the teacher met state qualifications and licensing requirements for the grade level(s) and subject area(s) in which the teacher provides instruction?


II.                 Is the teacher providing instruction under emergency or another provisional status that means regular state qualifications or licensing criteria have been waived?


III.               What college degree(s) does the teacher have, as well as any other graduate degree(s) or certification(s)?  In what academic subject area(s) were the degree(s) received?


IV.              Are paraprofessionals providing instructional services to my child?  If so, what are their qualifications?


The district is also required to inform you if your child has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the federal definition of being “highly qualified.”  Highly qualified teachers are those who have met state qualifications and licensing requirements.  If this is the case, you will be notified.


For additional information about the requirements for teacher quality visit the U.S. Department f Education’s website at:  www.ed.gov.


If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jeff Drake at 218-864-5215