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									Teacher and Paraprofessional
       Qualifications




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        Teacher Qualifications

 State Plan
   – Ensure that all teachers teaching in core
     academic subjects are highly qualified not
     later than the end of the 05-06 school year
   – Ensure that beginning with the first day of
     the school year after enactment of NCLB all
     LEAs must hire highly qualified teachers




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        Teacher Qualifications

 LEA Plan
   – Ensure that all teachers teaching within
     the school district served by the LEA are
     highly qualified not later than the end of
     the 05-06 school year.




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    “Highly Qualified” Teacher
           Requirement
 To be considered “highly qualified” to
 teach in the State of Georgia, teachers:
  – Must be certified to teach by the Georgia
    Professional Standards Commission and
  – Must be teaching in their field/s of
    certification.




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   “Highly Qualified” Teacher
          Requirement
 In general, new teachers must:
   (a) hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally
       accredited institution of higher education,
   (b) hold a valid Georgia teaching certificate,
   (c) have a teaching assignment that is appropriate
       for the field/s listed on the Georgia teaching
       certificate, and
   (d) have verification of subject matter content by
       having a major or equivalent in the subject/s
     they      teach or a passing score on the teacher
       certification test for the area and/or subjects
     they      teach.

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   “Highly Qualified” Teacher
          Requirement
 Veteran teachers must:
   (a) hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally
       accredited institution of higher education,
   (b) hold a valid Georgia teaching certificate,
   (c) have a teaching assignment that is appropriate
       for the field/s listed on the teaching certificate,
       and
   (d) have verification of subject matter content by
       having a passing score on the teacher
       certification test for the area and/or subjects
     they      teach or meet the requirement of a “high
       objective uniform State standard of evaluation”
       (HOUSSE), as adopted by the Georgia
       Professional Standards Commission

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   “Highly Qualified” Teacher
          Requirement
 A highly qualified teacher at the elementary
  level (Early Childhood Education – Grades P-
  5) is one who:
   (a) holds at least a 4-year college degree;
   (b) holds a Georgia Clear Renewable
      Professional Teaching certificate or other
      approved certificate (Performance-based
      Certificate, Life Certificate, or
     International       Exchange Certificate) in
     the field of Early Childhood Education;
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   “Highly Qualified” Teacher
          Requirement
 A highly qualified teacher at the elementary
  level (Early Childhood Education – Grades P-
  5) is one who:
   (c) has a major or equivalent in Early
             Childhood Education or has passed
     the     state teacher certification
     examination         (PRAXIS II) for the Early
     Childhood Education field; and
   (d) is assigned to teach in the area of
      certification (P-5).
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   “Highly Qualified” Teacher
          Requirement
 A highly qualified teacher at the middle
  grades (4-8) or secondary (7-12) level is one
  who:
   (a) holds at least a 4-year college degree,
   (b) holds a Georgia Clear Renewable
      Professional Teaching certificate or other
      approved certificate (Performance-
      based Certificate, Life Certificate, or
      International Exchange Certificate) in the
      field/s in which the teacher teaches,
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   “Highly Qualified” Teacher
          Requirement
 A highly qualified teacher at the middle
  grades (4-8) or secondary (7-12) level is one
  who:
   (c) has a major or equivalent in the
     subject/s      they teach or has passed the
     state teacher certification examination
     (PRAXIS        II) in the appropriate
     field/content areas,        and
   (d) is assigned to teach in the area/s of
       certification.
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     “Highly Qualified”
Paraprofessional Requirement
 The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that
  all paraprofessionals who work in a program
  supported by Title I funds (Targeted Assistance
  Program or School-wide) be “highly qualified.”
 “Highly qualified” paraprofessional requirements do
  not apply to those working in pre-kindergarten
  classrooms unless the position is funded by Title I
  (school-wide programs and targeted assistance
  programs).




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     “Highly Qualified”
Paraprofessional Requirement
 New paraprofessionals hired after
 January 8, 2002 must have:
  1. Completed at least 2 years of study at an
     institution of higher education or
  2. Obtained an associate's (or higher)
    degree; or




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     “Highly Qualified”
Paraprofessional Requirement
 New paraprofessionals hired after January 8, 2002
  must have:
  3. Met a rigorous standard of quality and can
     demonstrate, through a formal State or local
     academic assessment of their:
     a. knowledge of, and the ability to assist in
        instructing, reading, writing, and
        mathematics; or
     b. knowledge of, and the ability to assist in
        instructing, reading readiness, writing
               readiness, and mathematics readiness,
    as                appropriate.
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     “Highly Qualified”
Paraprofessional Requirement
 Exceptions do not apply to:
  – Who is proficient in English and a
    language other than English and who
    provides services primarily to enhance the
    participation of children in programs
    under Title I by acting as a translator; or
  – Whose duties consist solely of conducting
    parental involvement activities consistent
    with parent involvement requirements in
    Section 1118.
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“General” Requirement for all
     Paraprofessionals
 LEAs must ensure that all paraprofessionals
  working in a program supported with Title I
  funds, regardless of the paraprofessionals’
  hiring date, have earned a secondary school
  diploma or its recognized equivalent.
 Duties are described in Section 1119 (g) of
  NCLB.




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      “Use of Funds” for
   Highly Qualified Activities
 LEAs may use funds to support
 ongoing training and professional
 development to assist teachers and
 paraprofessionals in satisfying
 highly qualified requirements.




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   Verification of Compliance
 LEAs shall require that the principal of each
  school operating a school wide or targeted
  assistance Title I program must verify annually
  in writing as to whether such school is in
  compliance with the requirements of Section
  1119.
 Copies of verification shall be maintained at
  each school and at the main office of the LEA.
 Copies shall be available to the general public
  upon request.



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      Minimum Expenditures
 LEAs shall use not less than 5 percent of
  the funds for professional development
  activities to ensure that teachers who are
  not highly qualified become highly
  qualified not later than the end of the
  05-06 school year.




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