•                                                                                                                         October 2016

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools.  The previous version of the law, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, was enacted in 2002.

    The law requires that all schools receiving Title I funds must inform parents of their right to ask schools about the qualifications of their child’s teachers. Our school receives Title I funding and we are happy to share this information with you at your request.

    We believe that nothing is more important to your child’s education at school than having a well-prepared and highly qualified teacher. The law requires that all teachers must meet a specific legal definition of "highly qualified" in order to teach in schools that receive Title I funding. The legal definition of a "highly qualified teacher" has three parts. It states that the teacher must have the following:

    1. A four-year college degree

    2. A regular teaching certificate/license

    3. Proof of his/her knowledge in the subject he/she teaches

    New Jersey has some of the most qualified teachers in the country, and we are extremely proud of the quality of the teaching staff in the Tinton Falls School District.

    All of our regular teachers have college degrees and many have advanced degrees. The state of New Jersey has always required a teaching certificate/license for all teachers. Every teacher in our school district has met the requirement for demonstrating his/her knowledge of the subject he/she teaches. All of our teachers are "highly qualified"

    In addition, every teacher continues learning through professional development activities and our teachers are evaluated each year to make sure that their teaching skills remain at the highest possible level.
     
    I encourage you to support your child’s education and communicate with your child’s teacher(s) on a regular basis. For more information on ESSA, and the role of parents, please visit the United States Department of Education Web site at http://www.ed.gov/essa

    By partnering, families and educators can provide your child with the best education possible.

                                                                                                                                     Sincerely,

                                                                                                                                     John P. Russo

                                                                                                                                     Superintendent of Schools

Last Modified on October 11, 2016