No Child Left Behind
Schools in Cocke County
The Cocke County School System, in partnership with parents and
community, seeks to provide a safe environment, to meet individual
student needs and successfully prepare all students to become
305 Hedrick Drive
Central Office Phone:
Web site: www.cocke.k12.tn.us
NCLB and Cocke County’s School System
Our school system receives federal funding under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). During the school year, system supervisors will provide you with important information regarding this law and the education of your child.
NCLB and CCSS Teachers
NCLB requires 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 Cocke County Schools, 100% of our academic teachers are highly qualified as required and defined by NCLB during each school year. Parents and guardians have the right to request information regarding their child’s teachers’ qualifications. Upon your request, our office can provide you information on whether a teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status, 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 Cocke County Schools must employ a non-highly qualified teacher for four (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 competent, highly qualified professionals.
NCLB and AYP
No Child Left Behind requires each state to define “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) for school districts and schools within districts. Tennessee has determined a level of achievement that each district and school must obtain to make AYP. Student achievement is based upon our students’ scores from the Tennessee Comprehensive Achievement Program test (T-CAP) and other tests administered annually in our system. Our system is in “Good Standing”. You will be informed by us about our schools’ AYP status each year after it is received from the Tennessee Department of Education. Please consult your school or visit our website for specific and detailed information about their academic progress. This report is also published annually in the local newspaper.
NCLB and Safety
All Cocke County Schools have been deemed “safe schools” under the guidelines of our state and NCLB. However, should your child become the victim of a violent crime at any Cocke County school, you have the right to request a transfer to another school, pending their enrollment and ability to accept students. Cocke County’s school administrators and staff are making every effort to prevent any situation in which your child may not be safe. If you have any questions regarding safety policies or procedures, please contact your schools’ principal.
NCLB and Parent Involvement
Under NCLB and Title I, you have the right to be involved in your child’s education. The Cocke County School System’s Parent Involvement Policy has been posted on the school system website at www.cocke.k12.tn.us and is also placed in each Title I school’s office. If you have any questions or comments regarding the parent involvement policy, please contact Gary Holt at the Central Office at 423-623-2936, extension18. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s education, please contact your child’s teacher at your school or call that office to make an appointment for further discussion.
Cocke County School System’s School-wide Status
Cocke County’s eleven (11) Title I schools are designated as “school-wide” schools. This means that these schools may consolidate and use Title I funds together with other federal, state, and local allocations in order to upgrade the educational program for all students at each Title I school.
If you would like additional information about No Child Left Behind or any of the consolidated federal programs in our school system, please call our Central Office at 423-623-7821 to speak with the proper federal program supervisor.
Students with Disabilities
Any disabled student who wishes to participate in any course offering should contact Andre Collier at 423-623-7179. She can discuss any auxiliary aids or answer any questions about services.
NCLB and CCSS Title I Paraprofessionals
Paraprofessionals, or instructional assistants, are valuable assets to our educational community. Under NCLB, Title I paraprofessionals must have a required academic background in order to provide instructional help to your child. In order to be highly qualified, a paraprofessional must have passed a competency test, earned an associate degree or higher, or completed two or more years of higher education. All Title I paraprofessionals in the Cocke County School System are highly qualified as required by NCLB. You also have the right to request information about the paraprofessionals that may work with your child. The school office where your child attends can provide you with paraprofessional qualifications when requested.
Our schools receive federal funding for participation in the following programs:
Title I: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Title II, Part A: Teacher Quality
Title II D: Technology Education
Title III: Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
Title IV: Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities
Title VI: Rural Low-Income School Program
Disabilities Education Act
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
The Cocke County School System affirms that it complies with Title VI and the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Title VI states:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of race color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal Financial Assistance.”
Anyone who believes that the school system has discriminated against them or another individual may file a complaint. The complaint should be directed to:
Title VI Coordinator for the
Tennessee Department of Civil Rights
United States Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D. C. 20202-1100
Phone: 1-800-421-3481 TDD: 1-877-521-2172
Fax: 1-202-245-6840 /email: OCR@ed.gov