The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (§ 1116(b)(6) of the No
Child Left Behind Act) requires local education agencies (LEAs) to
promptly provide to parents an explanation of the identification of
their child’s school that is in School Improvement. This notification
should include: (1) how the school compares academically to other
schools in the LEA and the state, (2) why the school has been
identified, (3) what the school is doing to address the achievement
problem, (4) what the LEA and state education agency are doing to help
the school to address the achievement problem, (5) how parents can be
involved in addressing the achievement problem, and (6) options
available to parents to transfer the child to another school and/or, if
applicable, obtain supplemental educational services (SES).
Sec. 200.37(b)(4)(ii) of the ESEA Title I regulations requires that the
explanation of the parents’ option to transfer must include, at a
minimum, information on the academic achievement of the school or
schools to which the child may transfer.
Attached to this Commissioner’s Memo are sample letters that districts
may use to notify parents of the options to transfer students to other
schools within the district.