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NCLB 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: Bachelor’s Degree, AND HOUSE Option A Competency is demonstrated by meeting all of the following criteria: Full State Certification, AND • The teacher has at least one creditable year of teaching experience. Demonstrate 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: The teacher has at least one creditable year of teaching experience in the subject to be taught Bachelor’s Degree, AND or in a closely related field (see table below); and Full State Certification, AND The teacher has a minimum of 24 points (at least 6 of which represent the subject to be taught) derived from— Demonstrate 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 1314 Hines AvenueSan Antonio, TX 78208-1899 Phone: (210) 370-5200Web site: www.esc20.net 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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