What is Parental Involvement per the What must a school-parent compact include?
Elementary and Secondary Education Act Describe a responsibility to provide high-quality
(ESEA)? curriculum and instruction in a supportive and
Parental involvement is the participation of parents in effective learning environment that enables
regular, two-way, and meaningful communication
participating students to meet the state’s challenging
involving student academic learning and other school
activities, including ensuring – student academic achievement standards;
That parents play an integral role in assisting their Describe the ways in which parents will be
child’s learning; responsible for supporting their children’s learning
That parents are encouraged to be actively involved such as:
in their child’s education at school; - Monitoring attendance;
That parents are full partners in their child’s - Homework completion;
education and are included, as appropriate, in - Television watching;
decision making and on advisory committees to - Volunteering in their child’s classroom, etc.
assist in the education of their child; and Address the importance of establishing ongoing,
That other activities are carried out, such as those good communication between teachers and parents
described in section 1118 of the ESEA (Parental through, at a minimum:
Involvement). - Annual parent-teachers conferences in
What are Title I districts and schools required to - Frequent progress reports to families on student
do regarding parental involvement? academic progress; and
The following must be developed and implemented: - Reasonable access to staff and opportunities to
District Parental Involvement Policy; volunteer, observe, and participate in classroom
School Parental Involvement Policy; activities.
School-Parent Compact; and
Building Capacity for Involvement. What are Parents Right-to-Know?
According to ESEA, under Title I, districts must
What must be included in a Parental communicate required information regarding the annual
Involvement Policy? progress of the school with parents whose children are
Involve parents in developing district improvement provided Title I services.
plans; Which districts are required to provide an
Offer technical assistance and coordination to help annual notice regarding Parents Right-to-Know?
schools plan parental involvement activities to Any district that receives Title I funds must provide
improve student and school academic performance; annual notice.
Build school and parent capacities for strong parent
When must the district notify parents?
At the beginning of each school year, the district shall
Coordinate and integrate parental involvement notify the parents of each student attending any Title I
strategies with other programs, such as Head Start school receiving funds.
and any early childhood program that currently
exists in your district; and What information is required in the annual
Annually evaluate, with parents, the effectiveness of notification regarding Parents Right-to-Know?
The notification should explain that parents may request
the policy in academically improving district schools.
information regarding the professional qualifications of
the student’s classroom teacher, including, at a
minimum, the following:
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Whether the teacher has met state qualification and Must parents be involved in the decisions
licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject regarding the use of these funds?
areas in which the teacher provides instruction; The district must involve parents of Title I, Part
A participating children in decisions about how it
Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or
other provisional status through which state allots to schools the funds the district has reserved
qualifications or licensing criteria have been waived; for parental involvement activities.
The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and The involvement of parents should be in a manner
any other graduate certification or degree held by the consistent with the definition of parental
teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification involvement.
or degree; and A district may choose to use its district-wide parent
Whether the child is provided services by advisory council (if it has chosen to establish one)
paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. to provide advice on this and other matters relating
to Title I, Part A programs.
What additional information are schools
required to provide? May districts reserve funds for district level
In addition to the information that parents may request, parental involvement activities?
a school that receives Title I funds must provide to each Not less than 95 percent of the funds reserved shall
individual parent – be distributed to schools served under this part.
Information on the level of achievement of the Only five (5) percent of the set-aside may be
parent’s child in each of the state academic allotted for district use.
assessments as required under this part; and
Timely notice that the parent’s child has been May a school or all schools within a district use
assigned, or has been taught for four or more their share(s) of the one percent reservation for
consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly parental involvement under section
qualified. 1118(a)(3)(C) to support a district-level parent
resource center or some other district-level
activity for parents?
What is meant by providing information to
parents with limited English proficiency, “to the The law is clear that 95 percent of the one percent
extent practicable,” in language parents can of Title I, Part A allocation the district reserves for
understand? parental involvement under section 1118 must be
This means that, whenever practicable, written distributed among the district’s schools, and that
translations of printed information must be the parents of those schools must be involved both
provided to parents with limited English in deciding how those funds will be allotted, and
proficiency in a language they understand. once allotted, how they will be spent.
If written translations are not practicable, it is Parents of children receiving Title I, Part A services
acceptable to provide information to limited and school officials may decide at the school level to
English proficient parents orally in a language they pool their individual resources to pay for district-
understand. level parental involvement activities, such as a
parent resource center.
What reservation of funds is required for
parental involvement? What resources are available?
A district with a Title I, Part A allocation of The Kansas Parent Information Resource Center
$500,000 or more is required to spend at least one (KPIRC)/ www.kpirc.org.
(1) percent of its allocation for district and A Toolkit for Title I Parental Involvement/
school-level parental involvement activities, http://www.sedl.org/connections/toolkit/index.ht
including family literacy training and training to ml.
enhance parenting skills.
Who should be contacted with questions?
Districts with allocations of $500,000 or less are Title Programs and Services Staff
also responsible for implementing parental 785-296-3069
involvement activities, although no minimum
allocation is required.