Title II

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), places a major emphasis upon the importance of teacher quality in improving student achievement. These funds can be used to prepare, train, and recruit high-quality teachers and principals capable of ensuring that all children will achieve to high standards. In designing their teacher training, recruitment, retention, and professional development activities, States and local districts must incorporate scientifically based strategies that have been shown to increase student academic achievement. States, districts and schools are also required to establish annual measurable objectives to ensure that they make progress each year in meeting the highly qualified teacher challenge

Parent’s Right to Know

By law, LEAs are required to notify parents that they may request information regarding the teacher's or paraprofessional's professional qualifications, including the following:

• Whether the teacher/paraprofessional has met the South Carolina certification requirements for the grade level and subject area(s) in which the teacher provides instruction;

• Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which South Carolina qualifications or certification criteria have been waived;

• The college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher;

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