The Spring Grove Area School District receives Federal Title I funds to assist students in meeting state achievement standards. Title I programs are delivered at New Salem Elementary School, Paradise Elementary School, and Spring Grove Elementary School. Eligibility for Title I programs is based on performance assessments. The Title I programs offer qualifying students additional reading instruction using small pull-out groups and/or in-class instruction.

    At the Spring Grove Area School District, we are very proud of our teachers and believe they are prepared to give your child a high-quality education. As Title I schools, we must meet federal regulations related to teacher qualifications as defined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1956 (ESEA). These regulations allow you to learn more about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials. We are happy to provide this information to you. At any time, parents of Title I students may ask:

    • Whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching,
    • Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and
    • What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.

    You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional. If your child receives this assistance, we can provide you with information about the paraprofessional’s qualifications.

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law in December 2015 and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1956 (ESEA) includes additional right to know rights. At any time, parents and family members can request:

    • Information on policies regarding student participation in assessments and procedures for opting out, and
    • Information on required assessments that include
      • subject matter tested,
      • purpose of the test,
      • source of the requirement (if applicable),
      • amount of time it takes students to complete the test, and
      • time and format of disseminating results.

    Our staff is committed to helping all children develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking they need to succeed in school and beyond. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals meet applicable Pennsylvania state requirements.

    If you have any questions about your child’s assignment to a teacher or paraprofessional, please contact your child’s principal.