Staffing Requirements/Qualifications Paras & Teachers
Parents’ Right to Know: Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications LEAs and
schools inform the parents of Title I, Part A students that they may request,
and the LEA and schools will provide, certain information on the professional
qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals
providing services to the child. [ESSA Section 1112(e)(1)(A)]. Optional
templates are available on the
Teacher and Para Qualifications Template Translations page.
Timely Notice of Limited State Certification and Licensure
The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires schools that receive Title I, Part A funds to notify parents or legal guardians when their child has been taught for four (4) 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." [ESSA Sec. 1112(e)(1)(b)(ii)]
In Washington, this notification requirement is for any teacher teaching under a
limited substitute teaching certificate (WAC 181-79A-231), such as a
Substitute certificate, Emergency Substitute certificate, or Intern Substitute Teacher certificate. Optional templates are available on the
Limited State Certification and Licensure Templates page.
What qualifications must a staffer meet to be in a Title I, Part A Program?
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), enacted on December 10, 2015, the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) definition was eliminated and is no longer a federal requirement.
Teachers assigned to Title I, Part A targeted assistance programs and all
teachers assigned to a Title I, Part A schoolwide building must meet applicable
state certification and licensure requirements. A teacher assigned to Title I,
Part A may be out-of-field or out-of-endorsement as long as they hold an
eligible certificate type and the school board approved the placement (per WAC
181-82-110 or WAC 392-172A-02090). School board approval must be in place prior
to the date the teacher was assigned to a Title I, Part A program.
Paraeducators in schools that operate a Title I, Part A schoolwide or targeted assistance programs must continue to meet federal standards used under NCLB and are explained in the
Title I, Part A Guide to Paraeducator Requirements. For more information about paraeducator requirements, visit OSPI’s