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Parent Involvement Policy FAQ
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001(Section 1117) requires parent involvement policies that include a variety of actions and processes. This Q & A addresses some of the many questions that practitioners have about how to implement this aspect of the law.
District Level Policy
Are the criteria for the written parent involvement policy for all schools or just those receiving Title I funding?
Schools receiving Title I funds, both targeted assistance and schoolwide programs, must have a school-level parent involvement policy school-parent compact). Schools not receiving Title IA funds are not required to have a written parent involvement policy. Districts receiving Title I funds must have a Title I component in their district parent involvement policy.

What if you are not serving English Language Learners (ELL) or Migrant students; do you have to include those areas in the parent involvement policy?
If the district currently is not serving ELL or Migrant students but receives Title I funds, it would be a best practice to include ELL and migrant parent involvement components, so that the district will be prepared if those students later enroll in the district. Districts may choose to modify the language slightly to say that in the event ELL or migrant students become enrolled in the district, the following will apply...

What is to be evaluated as part of the parent involvement policy? What are acceptable forms of evaluation?
The law states that the district must conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the District Title I Parent Involvement Policy with regard to improving the academic quality of the schools serviced, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in activities authorized by law, particularly by parent who:
  • Are economically disadvantaged;
  • Have disabilities;
  • Have limited English proficiency;
  • Have limited literacy;
  • Are of any racial or ethnic minority background;
  • Are parents of migratory children
  • Districts must develop an evaluation process that meets the above guidelines. One suggestion is to develop a rubric that allows for gauging the degree to which the academic quality of the schools served has improved and ways in which parents’ participation is increasing.
Other sources of evaluation may come through district ?surveys and focus groups. This evaluation must consider all the various aspects of the District Title I Parent Involvement Policy.

What are the “musts” with regards to the requirements of the district Title I parent involvement policy?
  1. Must be developed with and agreed upon by parents of students participating in Title I Programs.
  2. Must demonstrate a coordination and integration of Title I parental involvement strategies with those of other educational programs.
  3. Must describe how the district will provide the coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist participating schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities.
  4. Must describe how the content and effectiveness of the District Parent Involvement Policy will be evaluated annually in consultation with parents. Use these findings to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise, if necessary, the District Title I Parent Involvement Policy.
  5. Must commit the district to build schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parent involvement.
  6. Must describe how parents: (1) jointly develop the Title I program plan with the district, (2) review implementation of the plan, and (3) suggest improvements to the plan.
  7. Must describe how the district will involve parents in the activities of the schools served.
  8. Must involve parents in decisions regarding how Title I funds allotted for parent involvement activities shall be used.
  9. Must ensure that all information related to school and parents programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
  10. Must describe how the effectiveness of parent involvement actions and activities by district schools receiving Title I funds will be reviewed.
  11. Must describe how, with the assistance of parents, the district will educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff in:
    • the value and utility of contributions of parents;
    • how to reach out to, communicate with, and
    • work with parents as equal partners;
    • implementing and coordinating parent programs;
    • building ties between parents and the school
  12. Must provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.
  13. Must describe how assistance to parents, as appropriate, will be provided.
School Level Policy
Can the school-parent compact and the school parent involvement policy be one andthe same document?
Yes. The school-parent compact describes the responsibilities of school,administration, staff, and parents. This is what must be shared, at a minimum, annually with parents at a parent/teacher conference.

How does the policy need to be developed?
The policy and compact should be jointly developed and agreed upon with parents, staff and administration.

Does the school-parent compact have to be signed by parents?
No. However, schools may ask parents to sign the compact as documentation that it was shared. The law only requires that the compact be shared during the year and, at a minimum, an annual parent/teacher conference is required for elementary school. In addition, the school may wish to modify the compact on a case by case basis to meet the needs and circumstances of individual parents and students.
Alex Dominguez
(210) 370-5410

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