Teacher and Para-Professional Qualifications
Ocean Beach School District receives Title I dollars and allocates money to all schools.
As per the No Child Left Behind Act, parents of children who attend Title I schools have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers including, at a minimum, the following: whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject area in which the teacher provides instruction; whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; the baccalaureate degree major of the teacher, any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; timely notice that the parents' child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher of a core academic subject who is not highly qualified and; whether the child is provided services, by para-educators, and if so their qualifications.
A para-educator, sometimes referred to as an instructional assistant, is a person that is employed by the district and assigned to a classroom or classrooms to provide instructional support consistent with the instruction provided by the classroom teacher or teachers. Para-educators hired after January 8, 2002, must have: 1) completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education; 2) obtained an associate's or higher degree; or 3) met a rigorous standard of quality, and can demonstrate, through a formal State exam or local academic assessment, knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instructing either of the following: reading/language arts, writing, and mathematics; or reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness. Para-educators hired before January 8, 2002, must meet these requirements.
Certain exceptions may apply. If you have questions or want to request specific information, please contact the building administrator where your child attends school or contact Todd Carper, Title I Director, at 642-3242.