No Child Left Behind
Parental Review of Teacher Credentials
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 allows parents the right to review the credentials of individuals who teach their children. You may request to review the credentials of your child’s teacher by contacting the Hartford Union High School District’s Human Resources office at (262) 670-3200.
Under the law, you may inquire:
- Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
- Whether the instructor is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
- About the baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline (subject areas) of the certification or degree; and
- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals (teacher aides) and, if so, their qualifications.
The Hartford Union High School District strives to hire the most qualified teachers and paraprofessionals available. Additionally, the District runs an innovative peer-mentoring program in which first-time teachers are paired up with veteran teaching professionals.
School District Accountability
Accountability is central to the success of NCLB. States are being asked to set high standards for improving academic achievement in order to improve the quality of education for all students.
Under NCLB, each state is expected to make “adequate yearly progress” (AYP) to annually determine the achievement of each school district and school. The new definition of AYP is diagnostic in nature and intended to highlight where schools need improvement and should focus their resources. The statute gives states and local educational agencies significant flexibility in how they direct resources and tailor interventions to the needs of individual schools identified for improvement. Under NCLB, schools are held accountable for the achievement of all students, not just average student performance.
The Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires that U.S. public and charter schools annually assess the proficiency of all students in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school in reading and mathematics. Wisconsin law also requires that Wisconsin public and charter schools assess all students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies in addition to the reading and math.
To meet NCLB requirements, the WKCE-CRT assesses all students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 10 in reading and math. To meet Wisconsin requirements, the WKCE-CRT also assesses students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies.
The results of the WKCE-CRT are used to guide educational improvement in the district as well as demonstrate that HUHS students meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as defined in the NCLB Act.
For more information on the WKCE-CRT go to: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/oea/wkce.html.