Parent and Family Engagement Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015
The Parent and Family Engagement provisions in Title I, Part A reflect the principles in the Act. Specifically, these provisions stress shared accountability between schools and parents/families for high achievement, including (a) expanded public school choice and supplemental educational services for eligible children in low-performing schools, (b) local development of parental involvement plans with sufficient flexibility to address local needs, and (c) building parents" capacity for using effective practices to improve their own children’s academic achievement.
A few of the important requirements include:
The district must develop a District-Wide Parent and Family Engagement Plan (developed jointly with parents).
Each Title I Part A Schoolwide campus must develop a campus-level Parent and Family Engagement Plan (developed jointly with parents).
Each campus must hold an Annual Title I Meeting for Parents on more than one day at more than one time to inform parents of the school’s participation in the Title I, Part A program and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements, including the rights of parents to be involved in those programs.
Each Title I, Part A school must jointly develop School-Parent Compact with the parents of children served under Title I, Part A as a component of its written Parent and Family Engagement Policy.