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No Child Left Behind Act

A Message from Superintendent of Schools, Tammy Mangus

he Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is our country’s most important federal education law. In 2001 ESEA was reauthorized and is now called the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). NCLB was created to make changes in teaching and learning, and to help increase academic achievement in schools throughout the United States.

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. Each school in our district receives Title I funding, and we are happy to share this information with you at your request.

We know that effective teaching is the cornerstone of your child’s education. The NCLB requires that all core-content teachers must meet a specific legal definition of “highly qualified” in order to teach at schools that receive Title I funding. The legal definition of a “highly qualified teacher” includes the following requirements:

  • A four-year college degree
  • A regular teaching certificate/license
  • Proof of knowledge in the subject that they teach

To ensure that every child in every classroom has a highly qualified teacher, the New York State Department of Education and our district are working together to help teachers meet the requirements of the federal law by providing several options. Teachers will have to take the appropriate NYS certification examination, or they can demonstrate expertise through a combination of college coursework, professional development activities and experience. A highly qualified teacher knows what to teach, how to teach, and has a full understanding of the subject matter being taught. We believe that every teacher in our school is fully qualified and dedicated to teaching your child, and we will do everything possible to help our teachers who may not yet meet the legal definition required by the federal government.

We are proud of the quality of our instructional staff in Monticello Central School District. All of our teachers have met New York state’s rigorous teacher certification requirements and we provide our staff professional development opportunities throughout the year to further develop their teaching skills. All of our regular teachers have college degrees and many have advanced degrees. Each teacher in the district is evaluated once per year to ensure his or her teaching skills remain at the highest possible level.

I encourage you to support your child’s education and to communicate regularly with your child’s teacher. For more information on NCLB and the role of Title I parents, please visit the United States Department of Education web site at www.ed.gov/nclb
It is always our goal in Monticello to provide our students with the best education so that they may become life-ready citizens prepared to do great things.