Long Beach School District
Parents Right to Know
In accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act, parents have the right to know:
Annual Report Cards:
The Mississippi Department of Education and the Long Beach School District will disseminate to parents, schools and the public an annual report card with aggregate information, including student achievement (disaggregated by category) and graduation rates.
Long Beach School District Report Cards
Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications:
As parents of Title I, Part A students, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teacher, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:
a. Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
b. Whether the teacher is teaching under a provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
c. The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and
d. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
To the extent practicable, Parent’s Right to Know Notification will be provided in a language that parents can understand.
The Long Beach School District will provide individual student assessment reports to parents providing individual information on the level of achievement of the parent’s child in each of the state’s academic assessments.
Non-Highly Qualified Teachers:
The Long Beach School District will provide to each individual parent timely notice if the parent’s child has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.
The Long Beach School District strives to provide instruction of the highest quality.
Reading Language Arts instruction incorporates The Nation's Choice published by Houghton Mifflin. The Nation's Choice includes comprehensive instructional resources and tools to ensure student success in the five dimensions of reading:
Phonemic Awareness—The ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words
Phonics—The relationship between the letters of written language and the sounds of spoken language. For example, learning that the letter "b" represents the /b/ sound
Fluency—The capacity to read text accurately and quickly
Vocabulary—The words students must know to communicate effectively through listening, speaking, reading, and writing
Comprehension—The ability to understand and gain meaning from what has been read.
Accelerated Reader is a supplementary program designed to motivate children to read for enjoyment while promoting reading growth. Students take the STAR test, a reading placement which assesses reading levels. Using this information, the teacher sets individual 9 weeks book level and point level goals for each student.
Students check out books in their reading range, read them, and take a multiple choice computer quiz on the book. The quiz checks for recall of details and reading comprehension. Students maintain a reading record and quiz results in their Reading Log, which is monitored by their teacher. Once a week, teachers conference individually with students to monitor progress, praise good work, and offer suggestions for improvement. Students should experience success while still being challenged in their reading material. More reading practice should lead to enhanced fluency, comprehension and growth.