Prince George's County Public Schools
Parents Right to Know

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Did you know you have a right to know the qualifications of your child's teachers and paraprofessionals? Did you know that your school district must notify you of your right to request information about the qualifications of your child's teachers and paraprofessionals?  The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorized in 2015, requires that all teachers meet applicable state certification and licensure requirements in the core academic content area(s) they teach.  ESSA places major emphasis upon excellence and equity for all students and  supports great educators. This emphasis grows out of the research showing that teachers' mastery of the academic content they teach is critical to engaging students  and is a significant factor in raising levels of student achievement.   At the beginning of the school year, the school system must notify parents of all children who attend Title I schools of their right to request information about the qualifications of your child's teachers and paraprofessionals, including:    

  • Whether the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;     
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;     
  • The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and     
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.