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 This document reviews the basic             “Highly Qualified” Teachers
 requirements under the No Child Left        NCLB requires states and LEAs to have a plan for all teachers in core academic subject areas to
 Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) for highly        become “highly qualified” by the end of the 2005-2006 school year. However, teachers hired after the first
 qualified teachers and provides local       day of instruction of school year 2002-2003 who teach core academic subjects in a Title I, Part A program
 education agencies (LEAs) with the          must be “highly qualified” when hired.
 definition of alternative criteria by
 which experienced teachers may              A teacher must have:
 demonstrate competency. This                  • A Bachelor’s degree; and
 alternative approach is based                 • Full state certification; and
 on the provisions of NCLB which               • Demonstrated competency in the core academic subject area assigned.
 allow states to establish a “high,
 objective, uniform standard of              In their personnel record, LEA’s must maintain a summary of how the teacher meets the “highly qualified”
 evaluation” (HOUSE) by which                requirements for the subjects taught. Beginning with school year 2003-2004, LEA’s will be required to
 teachers who are not new to the             report, as of the last day of instruction, campus-level information concerning the number and percent of
 profession (“experienced teachers”)         classes taught by highly qualified teachers.
 may demonstrate a sufficient level
 of competency to achieve the status         There are no alternatives under NCLB with respect to the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree or full
 of “highly qualified.”                      state certification [except for certification rules for charter school teachers]; however, the law does offer
                                             options for demonstrating subject competency.

                                             HOUSE Options for Experienced Elementary Teachers PK-6
       “Highly Qualified”
                                             The state has developed two HOUSE options to assist experienced elementary teachers in demonstrating
     Elementary Teacher PK-6
                                             competency. Fulfilling the criteria for either option is sufficient to demonstrate competency.
    must meet the following criteria:

      ŸBachelor’s Degree, AND                HOUSE Option A
                                             Competency is demonstrated by meeting all of the following criteria:
    ŸFull State Certification, AND
                                              • The teacher has at least one creditable year of teaching experience.
 ŸDemonstrate Subject Competency              • The teacher has a minimum of 24 points derived from—
                                                   § Experience teaching at the elementary level [ 1 year = 1 point (maximum of 12 points) ];
                                                   § College coursework in English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and/or Social Studies*
           New Teacher                                [1 college hour = 1 point ]; and/or
          (New to district for                     § Professional development that meets the standards for Continuing Professional Education
         school year 2002-03)                         (CPE) credit established by SBEC rules [ 15 CPE clock hours = 1 point ].
                  ˜
                                              • Each of the subjects (English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies*) is
        Pass ExCET or TExES
                                                represented in the 24 points, whether through experience, college coursework, or professional
                                                development.
                                                [*Note: The social studies requirement may be met through coursework or CPE hours in government, history,
      Experienced Teacher
                                                economics, geography, or political science.]
                ˜
      Pass ExCET or TExES, OR
                                             HOUSE Option B
                   ˜                         Competency is demonstrated by meeting all of the following criteria:
           Meet HOUSE                         • The teacher has at least one creditable year of teaching experience.
                                              • The teacher has college coursework equivalent to a college major in the subject to be taught.



    This information has been excerpted from the Texas Education Agency’s NCLB bulletins. For additional information on the “highly qualified” teacher
                            requirements, please refer to the NCLB Bulletin, available online at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/nclb.
NCLB

       “Highly Qualified”                    HOUSE for Experienced Secondary Teachers, Grades 7-12
 Secondary Teacher, Grades 7-12              Competency for experienced secondary teachers is demonstrated by meeting both of the following
    must meet the following criteria:        criteria:
                                                ŸThe teacher has at least one creditable year of teaching experience in the subject to be taught
     ŸBachelor’s Degree, AND                      or in a closely related field (see table below); and
   ŸFull State Certification, AND               ŸThe teacher has a minimum of 24 points (at least 6 of which represent the subject to be
                                                  taught) derived from—
 ŸDemonstrate Subject Competency
                                                      § Experience teaching at the secondary level in the subject to be taught or in a closely related
                                                         field [1 year = 1 point (maximum of 12 points) ];
                                                      § College coursework in the subject to be taught or in a closely related field
           New Teacher
       (New to the district for                          [1 college hour = 1 point ]; and/or
        school year 2002-03)                          § Professional development in the subject to be taught or in a closely related field that meets
                 ˜                                       the standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit established by SBEC rules as
     Pass ExCET or TExES, OR                             codified in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 7, Chapter 232, Subchapter R.
                                                         [15 CPE clock hours = 1 point].
                ˜
    For Academic Subject Taught:

         Academic Major, OR                   Closely Related Subjects
                                              The following table demonstrates which fields may be considered “closely related” when determining a secondary teacher’s status
        Graduate Degree, OR                   under HOUSE. For foreign languages, there are no closely related fields. This list is not comprehensive; LEA’s may consider other
                                              fields as “closely related,” as appropriate, but must maintain clear documentation of what is used to determine “highly qualified”
     Coursework Equivalent to an              status.
        undergraduate major
                                              ENGLISH                   READING/                   ECONOMICS                 MATHEMATICS                HISTORY
                                              Reading                   LANGUAGE ARTS              Government                Engineering                Geography
                                              Speech                    English                    History                   Statistics                 Government
                                              Journalism                Speech                     Geography                 Accounting                 Economics
      Experienced Teacher                                               Journalism                 Political Science                                    Political Science
               ˜
                                              CIVICS AND                SCIENCE                    ARTS                      GEOGRAPHY                  FOREIGN
     Pass ExCET or TExES, OR                  GOVERNMENT                Life Sciences              Art                       History                    LANGUAGES
                                              History                   Physical Sciences          Music                     Economics                  None - For purposes
                                              Economics                 Biology                    Theatre arts              Government                 of HOUSE, one foreign
                ˜                             Geography                 Earth Science              Dance                     Political Science          language is not considered
    For Academic Subject Taught:              Political Science         Life/Earth Science                                                              “closely related” to another.
                                                                        Physics
         Academic Major, OR                                             Chemistry


        Graduate Degree, OR

     Coursework Equivalent to an
      undergraduate major, OR

                   ˜
           Meet HOUSE




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   This information has been excerpted from the Texas Education Agency’s NCLB bulletins. For additional information on the “highly qualified” teacher
                           requirements, please refer to the NCLB Bulletin, available online at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/nclb.

				
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