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    Parents' Right to Know
     
    As per the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), parents have a right to know the availability of supplemental services, services for English language learners, and the qualifications of their child's teachers and paraprofessionals. Please see below for more information on these topics.
           
    Supplemental Services
     
    Supplemental services are offered to students in Grades K-6 who have not exhibited proficiency in the areas of language arts and/or math.  Students in need of supplemental services are selected based on their performance on standardized tests, district benchmark assessments, and teacher recommendation.   
     
    Services for English Language Learners
     
    English Language services are offered to students in Grades K-6 who demonstrate a need for English language instruction.  These students are selected based on the results of an ESL (English as a Second Language) screening performed by the ESL staff.  Students are screened if their home language is a language other than English, and/or if recommended for screening by the teacher or parent. 

    Teacher Qualifications

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015.  The ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and is the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA).

    as designed to make changes in teaching and learning that will help increase academic achievement in our schools.

    Although NCLB was designed to make changes in teaching and learning in order to increase students' academic achievement, the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) provision under NCLB was eliminated from the ESSA. Despite this fact, all educators in New Jersey still are required to hold the appropriate state certificate/license for their given positi

    Under the ESSA, all schools receiving Title I funds must inform parents of their right to ask schools about the professional qualifications of their child’s teachers and paraprofessionals. Our school receives Title I funding and we are happy to share this information with you upon your request.

    New Jersey has some of the most qualified teachers in the country, and we are extremely proud of the quality of the teaching staff in the Edgewater School District. All our regular teachers have college degrees and many have advanced degrees. In addition, every teacher continues learning through professional development activities and our teachers are evaluated each year to make sure their teaching skills remain at the highest possible level.

    We encourage you to support your child's education and communicate with your child's teacher(s) on a regular basis. For more information on ESSA, and the role of parents, please visit the United States Department of Education's (USDE) website at http://www.ed.gov/essa.
     
    By partnering, families and educators can provide your child with the best education possible.