Parents Right to Know


The Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires certain notifications to parents and guardians when school districts receive federal funds. School districts must annually disseminate federal programs complaint resolution procedures to parents and guardians of students and appropriate private school officials or representatives. The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) complaint procedures can be found online.


Under the ESSA federal law, parents and guardians may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their students’ classroom teachers and paraprofessionals. Please contact the West Platte human resources department to request this information. You have a right to request the following:

  • Whether the student’s teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
  • Whether the student’s teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching in a field or discipline of the certification of the teacher.
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. In addition to the information that parents may request, a building receiving Title I.A funds must provide to each individual parent: Information on the level of achievement and academic growth of your student, if applicable and available, on each of the State academic assessments required under Title I.A. Timely notice that your student has been assigned, or has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who has not met applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.