Section 1118- Parent Involvement
To determine compliance with parent involvement requirements, the state monitors all school districts on Section 1118 of Title I according to the three year schedule.
The Tennessee Department of Education reviews school districts' parental involvement policies and practices to determine if they meet federal requirements.The collected Best Practices in Parental Involvement are posted so that schools and districts can learn from each other.
Section 1118 of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires each school district receiving Title I, Part A funds, to implement programs, activities and procedures designed to involve parents. According to the Act, school districts must consult with parents of children participating in Title I programs to develop and carry out the parental involvement programs. School districts and schools, to the extent practicable, must provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
Each school district must work with parents in jointly developing and distributing to parents of participating children a written parental involvement policy. The policy must be incorporated into the district's plan. Specifically, the policy must describe how the district will involve parents in the development of the district's NCLB plan and the process of school review and involvement. The Act requires the parental involvement policy to describe how the district will assist schools in planning and carrying out effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
In addition, the district must coordinate and integrate activities under this policy with parental involvement strategies under other programs. The district must also conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the parental involvement policy. The evaluation is then to be used to improve, and if necessary, revise the policy.
Liz Roper, Project Director
Neglected and Delinquent Programs and Family and Community Engagement