Right to Know Information about Teachers

August 1, 2014
Dear Penns Valley Parent or Guardian,

Your child’s school receives Title I funding and is included under the regulations of the “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB) that was signed into law by President Bush on January 8, 2002. As part of NCLB we are required to send you this notice.

NCLB requires:

  • Increased accountability for states and school districts.

  • Greater choice for parents, especially those in low performing schools.

  • Greater flexibility for state and local education agencies in the use of federal


    Under NCLB, parents have a right to request professional qualifications of their children’s teacher(s) or paraprofessional(s). This letter is to inform you of your right to ask for the following information about your children’s classroom teachers or paraprofessionals:

  • Whether Pennsylvania has licensed the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches. (100% of Penns Valley Area School District Teachers are properly licensed and Highly Qualified or are working toward Highly Qualified status)

  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which Pennsylvania licensing criteria have been waived. (At present all faculty are fully certified in Pennsylvania)

  • The teacher’s baccalaureate degree major and whether the teacher has any advance degrees, and if so, the subject of the degrees.

  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

    If you would like to receive specific information about your child’s teacher or paraprofessional, please contact your school principal.

    Our district is fully committed to the success of your child. We appreciate your partnership in our efforts to provide the best education for your child.


    Sherri Connell
    Assistant Superintendent