Under the approved flexibility request, Title I School Designations are Focus Schools (an elementary or middle school that is contributing to the achievement gap in the state), Priority Schools (a school that has been identified as among the lowest-performing schools in the state), or Reward School (high-performing school without significant achievement gaps across subgroups; or a high progress school). Based on test data from the 11 – 12 school year, East Yancey Middle School, Cane River Middle School, and Micaville Elementary Schoolachieved Reward School – Highest Performing designation. In addition, East Yancey Middle School achieved honors among the top ten percent of all Reward Schools in the state. At the present time, Yancey County Schools does not have any schools designated as Priority (low-performing) or Focus (contributing to state’s achievement gap) Schools.
Notification to Parents of Teacher Qualifications
The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires school districts to notify parents/legal guardians of children attending Title I schools of their right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and paraprofessionals who instruct their child. All K – 8 schools in Yancey County are Title I schools.
Yancey County Schools will provide you with this information in a timely manner if you request it. Specifically, you have the right to request the following information about each of your child’s core academic-subject teachers/paraprofessionals:
· Whether the teacher meets the state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades and core academic subjects he/she teaches.
· Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency status because of special circumstances.
· The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
· Whether paraprofessionals/teacher assistants provide services to your child and, if so, their qualifications.
In addition, the law requires that all schools that receive Title I funds provide notification to every parent in the school whose child is being taught for four or more weeks by a teacher who is not “Highly Qualified”. Yancey County Schools is committed to providing quality instruction for all students.
If you would like to receive any of the information listed above for your child’s teacher/paraprofessional, please contact your child’s school to request forms. Please return completed forms to your child’s school. Carla McMahan, Yancey County Schools Human Resources Director, maintains these records for Yancey County Schools and responds to parent requests received from schools