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​​The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) places a strong emphasis on the need for districts and schools to actively engage with parents and family members. A Title I, Part A provision requires Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to actively engage parents and families of all students in the development of state and local education plans, school improvement plans, as well as Title I plans (ESSA Section 1116).​​

 Monitoring Resources

​Each district receiving Title I funds must have a written policy that is jointly created with and distributed to parents and family members of participating students. The policy requires the following:

  1. Establish expectations and objectives for meaningful parent and family involvement to improve student academic achievement and school performance incorporated into the Title I District Plan.
  2. Coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies with other relevant federal, state and local laws and programs.
  3. Conduct an annual meeting and evaluate the effectiveness of the policy in improving quality of Title I schools, including identifying barriers to greater participation by families and the needs of parents and family members to assist with the learning of their children; and,
  4. Conduct meaningful consultation with parents of participating children, which may include establishing an advisory board to develop, revise and review the engagement policy.

School-Parent Compact: An outline of how parents, students and school staff will build and develop a partnership to help students achieve must be reviewed and signed by all participating students and parents. 

Parent's Right-To-Know: In accordance with ESSA, school districts who receive Title I funds to support students’ academic success are required to notify families they have the right to request, and receive in a timely manner, information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers.  

 Communication

Parent and Family Communication

Each Title I school shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the school or local educational agency, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the challenging State academic standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children. - Section 1116(e)(1)

Each Title I school shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology (including education about the harms of copyright piracy), as appropriate, to foster parental involvement. - Section 1116(e)(2) 

Each Title I school shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other Federal, State, and local programs, including public preschool programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children. - Section 1116(e)(4)

Each Title I school shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. – Section 1116(e)(5) and Section 1112(e)(4) 

Each Title I school shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this section as parents may request. - Section 1116(e)(14)

Each Title I school shall implement an effective means of outreach to parents of English learners to inform the parents regarding how the parents can be involved in the education of their children and be active participants in assisting their children to attain English proficiency, achieve at high levels within a well-rounded education, and meet the challenging State academic standards expected of all students [and]… shall include holding, and sending notice of opportunities for, regular meetings for the purpose of formulating and responding to recommendations from parents of students assisted under [Title I] or Title III. – Section 1112(e)(3)(C)

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