INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
REGARDING "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND"
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (better known as No Child Left Behind or NCLB) is a federal law meant to ensure that all school children, whatever their economic background, can achieve high academic standards. Because of this law, Township High School District 214 receives funding from the federal government in the form of the Title I and Title II-A grants. The Title I grant is awarded to a school based on the number of low-income students enrolled. This grant supports programs for children who are at risk of failing. The Title II-A grant helps pay for teacher training, professional development and class size reduction. School districts receiving these grants are required to use research-based methods of instruction.
The District 214 schools that receive Title I funds are Wheeling, Elk Grove, Rolling Meadows, Vanguard and the Academy at Forest View. Due to its high level of need, Wheeling has a "schoolwide" program, which allows for greater flexibility in the use of grant funds, while the other Title schools have "targeted assistance" programs. Title grant funding covers part of the cost of programs such as after-school tutoring, field trips to college campuses, the AVID college prep curriculum, and parent outreach meetings.
The NCLB law says that you can ask for information about the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, including licensing and academic degrees. You also have the right to know whether your child is being provided services by paraprofessionals and what their qualifications are. We are pleased to report that all teachers in District 214 are highly qualified, as defined by the Illinois State Board of Education. Highly qualified teachers have a bachelor’s degree or higher and a state teaching license. In addition, for each core subject area of teaching responsibility, all teachers have either passed a content-area test or completed a college degree in that subject. All paraprofessionals are endorsed by the state as paraprofessional educators, having completed at least 60 semester hours of college credit or the equivalent.
District 214 encourages you to become involved in your child’s education by attending parent-teacher conferences and parent group meetings at your school. You may find a schedule of parent activities in your school newsletter and on the school and district websites. You can also support your child’s learning by monitoring attendance, ensuring that homework is completed, and avoiding distractions such as television and internet. It is district policy that parents, staff and students share the responsibility for improved academic achievement.