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    Reauthorized in 2015 under Public Law 114-95 as Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), these programs were originally authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 (Public Law 89-10), the first major program of federal assistance to our nation’s public elementary and secondary schools. These programs assist Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice.

    West PLains R-VII Public Schools receive funds through the federal government to supplement state and local funding. These federal funds are intended to provide support to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments.  

    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

    • This bipartisan measure, signed into law on Dec. 10, 2015, reauthorized the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

      The law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.

      Highlights include:

      • Advances equity by upholding critical protections for America's disadvantaged and high-need students.
      • Requires—for the first time—that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.
      • Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards.
      • Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators—consistent with our Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhoods
      • Sustains and expands this administration's historic investments in increasing access to high-quality preschool.
      • Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.
    Parents Right-to-Know
     If your child attends a building that receives Federal funds (West Plains Elementary, South Fork Elementary or West Plains Middle School), parents have the right to request information concerning the qualifications of his or her child’s teacher. 

    The teachers’ qualifications information may include the following:
    • Whether the teacher has met state certification criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher is providing instruction
    • The baccalaureate degree major and any other graduate degree or certification, including the field of discipline, the teacher holds
    • Whether their child is provided services by paraprofessionals and if so, their qualifications In addition to the above information that parents may request, a building that receives Title I funds must provide to each individual parent:
    • Information on their child’s achievement level in each of the state academic assessments
    • Notice that their child has been assigned, or has been taught, for four or more consecutive weeks by a substitute teacher or a person who is not appropriately certified.

    The notices and information provided to parents must be in a format and language that is easily understood by all parents.