Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Family and Parent Engagement

  • BUILDING CAPACITY FOR INVOLVEMENT Title I, Part A, Section 1116(e) of the Every Student Succeeds Act describes the six “shalls” stated in the law under Building Capacity for Involvement. The law provides eight additional “mays” (that are not required, but are allowable) to ensure meaningful capacity building of parents, family members, and school staff. To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, each school and local educational agency assisted under this part—

    Shall #1

      •  Challenging State academic standards

      •  State and local academic assessments, including alternate assessments

      •  What is Title I and parent rights

      •  How to monitor a child’s progress

      •  Work with educators to improve the achievement of their children

    Shall #2

      •  Materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology (including education about the harms of copyright piracy)

    Shall #3

    • The value and utility of contributions of parents

    • How to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners

    • Implement and coordinate parent programs

    • Build ties between parents and the school

    Shall #4

      • Parent and family engagement programs and activities coordinated and integrated with other Federal, State, and local programs, including public preschool programs, and conduct other activities such as school transitions and parent resource centers that encourage and support parents to fully participate in the education of their children

    Shall #5

    • To the extent practicable, information related to school and parent programs, meeting invitations, agenda, and other meeting materials were in a language and format parents can understand

    Shall #6

     Other reasonable support for family engagement activities as parents may request.