Teacher Qualification Notice
In an effort to keep parents informed about the qualifications of a teacher, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows parents to inquire at school whether their child(ren)’s teacher(s) have met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject taught.
Parents may inquire whether a teacher is under emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and they may request information about undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area (s) of concentration.
North Thurston Public School’s annually conducts an audit of teacher assignments to assure that no teachers are assigned to areas for which they do not meet Washington State certification and/or endorsement requirements. Only on rare occasion does the District seek a waiver to certification. When this does occur, it is typically for a teacher who is within a few credits of completing the endorsement and is actively working on such completion. There are currently no teachers in our Title I schools providing student instruction under a state waiver.
Parents can also ask about paraprofessionals working with their child in reading, writing, or mathematics. We can tell you whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional and whether he/she meets state qualifications and or licensing requirements. All of our paraprofessionals that assist children in reading, writing or mathematics meet state qualifications.
Citizen Complaint Procedures
The following is an overview of the citizen complaint process. It is described fully in Chapter 392-168 WAC, Special Service Programs- Citizen Complain Procedure for Categorical Federal Programs. Find this WAC online: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=392-168
A citizen complaint is a written statement that alleges a violation of a federal rule, law or regulation or state regulation that applies to a federal program.
- Anyone can file a citizen complaint.
- There is no special form.
- There is no need to know the law that governs a federal program to file a complaint.
Follow steps 1 and 2 to complete the citizen complaint process.
- File a Citizen Complaint with North Thurston Public Schools. Policy 4312 and Procedures 4312P outline NTPS’ process.
- Policy 4312- English (PDF)
- Procedure 4312P- English (PDF)
- If you are unable to reach a satisfactory solution, file a Citizen Complaint through OSPI. English | Spanish | Vietnamese (PDF)