At Toledo Public Schools, the safety and education of your child comes first. We take advanced steps to ensure we meet and exceed state and federal mandates, as well as meet the needs of your child.
Below are details about No Child Left Behind, how to find information about your child’s teachers and our non-discrimination policy.
ESEA Flexibility Waiver Update
The United States Department of Education approved Ohio’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver request for flexibility from portions of the No Child Left Behind legislation on May 29, 2012. With this waiver approval many changes will take place in our district.
TPS is no longer required to offer Public School Choice and Supplemental Education Services (SES). Funds that were set aside for the latter program are being channeled towards district- wide improvement with an emphasis on our lowest achieving schools (priority, focus and alert) as identified by the Ohio Department of Education.
- Historic professional development initiative for all K-12 teachers throughout the school year that focuses on: standards, instructional practices, data and assessment. All teachers will be held accountable and offered intensive support to improve teaching practices which will in turn improve student achievement.
- Additional staff in our lowest achieving schools that will focus on interventions based on assessment data. The support staff will work with those K-3 students that are not 'on track' per the reading diagnostic assessment.
- Each school will have a specialized tutoring program with HQ teachers who work on areas of need with the lowest achieving students. Progress will be monitored and tutoring will be based on this data.
- Adopting an assessment for K-3 students to identify those that will not be proficient by the end of 3rd grade. This data will be used to develop an improvement and monitoring plan for each student. Interventions will be tailored to the plan and be facilitated by extensively trained district teachers.
As a parent/guardian with a student attending a Toledo Public School that receives Title I funds, you have the right to know the qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher. The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires that any local school district receiving Title I funds must provide the following information to parents/guardians who ask about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher:
- Whether the teacher has met the Ohio teacher licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides your child instruction.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or temporary status that waives state licensing requirements.
- The undergraduate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate degree or certification (such as National Board Certification) held by the teacher and the field of discipline of certification or degree.
- Whether your child is provided services by instructional paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
All requests must be made in writing and should include the following information: student’s full name, legal parent/guardian’s full name, address, city, state, zip code and teacher’s name. Your request can be sent to the Toledo Board of Education, Human Resources Department, 420 E. Manhattan Blvd., Toledo, OH 43608.
Acts of discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin are prohibited and will not be tolerated in the District.
Anyone who believes he or she has been subjected to or has observed discrimination based on race, color or national origin should report such conduct to the principal or director of a school/department or to the deputy superintendent for Toledo Public Schools.
The District is committed to conducting a prompt investigation of any such allegations or concerns.