Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 is the current iteration of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act), the federal government’s primary mechanism for holding public schools accountable, closing achievement gaps, and supporting schools in improvement efforts. Each year the Maine DOE issues a report card for each district. ESEA Report Cards may be found near the bottom of this page.

Title IA ensures that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on Maine’s Learning Results/Common Core State Standards.

RSU73 uses these dollars to fund literacy and math intervention teachers and several educational technicians in Grades K-8 offering targeted instruction to qualifying students.

Money is also used to support professional development as well as to purchase materials, books, hardware, and software to support the learning needs of individual students. Title IA funds are also used to operate summer school for Grades K-8 students, as well as teacher-referred students, in need of continued support.

More ESEA Assurances — Teacher Qualifications

Our school receives federal funds for programs that are part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended (2015). Throughout the school year, we will continue to provide you with important information about this law and your child’s education. Based on current education law, teachers must have earned State certification and licensure. State certification and licensure is the training required to be a teacher.

We are very proud of our teachers and feel they are ready for the coming school year. We are prepared to give your child a high- quality education. You have the right to request information about the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher(s) or paraprofessional(s) or educational technician. A paraprofessional or ed tech provides academic or other support for students under the direct supervision of a teacher.

We also employ individuals with conditional licensure and have long-term substitute teachers who meet the necessary requirements as well. If you request this information, the district or school will provide you with the following as soon as possible: a. if the teacher has met State certification and licensing requirements for the grade levels and subjects for which the teacher provides instruction; b. if state certification and licensing requirements have been waived (is not being required at this time) for the teacher under emergency or other temporary status; c. if the teacher is teaching in the field of discipline for which they are certified or licensed; d. if the teacher has met State-approved or State-recognized certification, licensing, registration, or other comparable requirements. These requirements apply to the professional discipline in which the teacher is working and may include providing English language instruction to English learners, special education or related services to students with disabilities, or both; and e. if your child is receiving Title I or Special Education services from paraprofessionals, his or her qualifications.

Our staff are committed to helping your child develop the social, academic and critical thinking he or she needs to succeed in school and beyond. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals are highly skilled. If you would like to request information about your child’s teacher(s)/paraprofessional(s), or if you have any questions about your child’s assignment to a teacher or paraprofessional, please contact the building principal.

Title IIA “Improving Teacher Quality,” helps to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping school districts ensure that all teachers are highly qualified to teach.