Calavera Hills Middle School has been designated a Title I School. Title I is a federally funded program created to support the needs of at-risk students, those students who fall in the Below Basic or Far Below Basic range on the previous year's California Standardized Tests (CSTs) in Language Arts and/or Mathematics. Schools receive Title I funding based on the percentage of their student enrollment that qualifies as being low-income. Low-income students are the students that are on free or reduced lunch. Students are identified as Title I if they fall into either or both of those categories. Children who qualify have access to some or all of the following support services: push-in support tutoring for Language Arts and/or Mathematics four times per week, before and after school homework assistance, instructional support materials and curriculum in Language Arts and Math, professional development through teacher training and implementation in classroom instruction, and the parent involvement required by Title I.
Your child is attending a school receiving Title I federal funds through the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. This Federal law requires that parents be notified of their right to know the professional qualifications of their child's teacher(s) in core academic subject areas, including the following:
1. The type of state credential or license that the teacher holds. Some teachers will have a credential in a particular subject area, such as English or mathematics, and others will have a multiple subject credential, which allows them to teach a variety of subjects, such as in elementary schools.
2. The education level and subject area of the teacher’s college degree(s). All teachers have a bachelor’s degree, and many teachers have graduate degrees beyond the bachelor’s, such as a masters or doctoral degree.
In addition to the qualifications of the teacher, if a teacher’s aide provides your child services, you may also request information about his or her qualifications. Many teachers’ aides have two years of college, and others have passed a test that verifies their qualifications.
If you would like this information, please contact me at 760-331-6400.