Department of Federal Programs
NCLB, ESSA and Hamblen County's School System
Our school system receives federal funding under NCLB. During the school year, you will be provided with important information regarding this law and the education of your child. NCLB required that all teachers hired to teach core academic subjects be highly qualified. A highly qualified teacher is one with full teaching certification, a bachelor's degree, and competence in subject knowledge and teaching. In Hamblen County Schools, 100% of our academic teachers are highly qualified as defined by NCLB. Parents and guardians have the right to request information regarding their child's teachers' qualifications. Upon your request, the school principal can provide you information on whether a teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional statues, and the degree major of a teacher and any other graduate degree or certification the teacher has earned.
NCLB mandates that all newly hired teachers must be highly qualified. In the event that a Hamblen County school must employ a non-highly qualified teacher for 4 or more consecutive weeks, the parents of students receiving instruction from this teacher will be promptly notified in writing by that school's administration. Every effort will be made to ensure that your child is taught by highly qualified teachers who are competent in their subject knowledge and teaching.
Click the link below to search the Tennessee Dept. of Education's website for teachers' credentials:
NCLB and Paraprofessionals in Hamblen County Schools
Paraprofessionals, or instructional assistants, are valuable assets to our educational community. Under NCLB, paraprofessionals must have a certain academic background in order to provide instructional help to your child. In order to be highly qualified, a paraprofessional has passed a competency test, earned an associate's degree or higher, or completed two or more years of higher education. You have the right to request information about paraprofessionals who work with your child. Please contact the school principal to receive that information.