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  • September 2023

    Dear Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s):

     Your child attends a Neshaminy School District Title I school, which receives Federal Title I funds to assist students in meeting state achievement standards. Throughout the school year, we will be providing you with important information about this law and your child's education. This letter lets you know about your right to request information about the qualifications of the classroom staff working with your child.

    At Neshaminy School District, we are very proud of our teachers and know they are prepared to give your child a high-quality education. Neshaminy School District Title I schools must meet federal regulations related to teacher qualifications as defined in The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). These regulations allow you to learn more about your child's teachers' training and credentials.  We are happy to provide this information to you.  At any time, you may ask:

    • Whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching,
    • Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived and
    • What undergraduate or graduate degree(s) the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees in specific major(s) or area(s) of concentration.

    You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional. If your child receives this assistance, we can provide you with information about the paraprofessional's qualifications.

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015. It reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1956 (ESEA) and includes right to know requests. At any time, parents and family members can request:

    • Information on policies regarding student participation in assessment and procedures for opting out, and
    • Information on required assessments that include:
    • Subject matter tested, purpose of the test and source of the requirement (if applicable), o Amount of time it takes students to compete the test, and
    • Time and format for disseminating results.

    Our staff is committed to helping your child develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking he/she needs to succeed in school and beyond. The commitment includes making sure that all our teachers and paraprofessionals meet applicable Pennsylvania state requirements.

    If you have any questions about your child's assignment, please contact me at 215-809-6510 or email me at mburkholder@neshaminy.org  for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.

    Michelle Burkholder 

    Assistant to the Superintendent /Director of Elementary Education                                                                                              
    Neshaminy School District
    Administrative Offices • 2250 Langhorne-Yardley Road • Langhorne, PA 19047