States are required to report the names of all public schools that do not meet adequate yearly progress, called AYP, on the state assessment, based on the state’s AYP policies. These schools are considered to be in “school improvement” and are listed on the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website.
In an effort to increase accountability, Title I schools and districts that do not make adequate yearly progress on the state assessment face a series of specific actions as defined in the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. These actions are known as Steps 1-5 of School Improvement. Once a school has been designated a Step 1 school (or any other step), it will remain in school improvement until it has met AYP for two consecutive years. Once a school has met AYP for two years, it will move out of School Improvement entirely.
Information about schools that are in “need of improvement” and the details and actions of each step must be made available to parents and community members in an understandable, accessible format by the beginning of the next school year.
Teacher Qualification Notice
In an effort to keep parents informed of the qualifications of teacher, the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) 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. Parents can also ask about paraprofessionals working with your child in reading, writing, and/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. Camas School District 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 in Camas. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the school principal.