NCLB_ Highly Qualified Teachers_ _ Missouri

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					NCLB, Highly Qualified
Teachers (HQT), & Missouri

                              Presented By:
           Julia Cowell and Theresa Villmer
          2009 Federal Programs Conference

     1. NCLB & HQT

     2. HOUSSE

     3. Current data
NCLB & Highly Qualified
(§ 1119(a) & (b))
         The requirement that teachers
         be highly qualified applies to
         all public elementary and
         secondary teachers employed
         by the LEA who teach a core
         academic subject.
Core Academic Subjects
   (NCLB, § 9101(11))

    “English, reading or language
    arts, mathematics, science,
    foreign languages, civics and
    government, economics, arts,
    history, and geography.”
NCLB & Highly Qualified
      (§ 1119(a) & (b))
All teachers of “Core Academic Subjects”
  must have;
  – Full State certification
  – Bachelor’s degree, and
  – Demonstrated subject-matter competency
    in each academic subjects in which the
    teacher teaches
How can teachers demonstrate
  their competency and skills?
  - Passing a rigorous State Academic
  subject-matter test in each academic
  subjects in which the teacher teaches

  - Using the high objective uniform state
  standard of evaluation (HOUSSE) for
  Lifetime Certified Teachers and Special
  Education Teachers
Missouri -- Praxis II: Subject
Assessments/Specialty Area Tests
- For elementary teachers we use Praxis
   Test Code 0011 Elementary Education:
   Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

- For a complete list of Praxis Test used in
   Missouri go to:
- HOUSSE - “high objective uniform
  state standard of evaluation”

- Allows veteran teachers to prove
  “subject-matter competency”
  without taking the Praxis exam

- 5 CSR 80-800.360 Certificate of License to
   Teach Classifications

- Provisional certificates of license to teach
   may be issued to an individual for two
   (2) years and may be extended upon a
   showing of good cause.
Why would an individual with
Provisional certification NOT be
considered Highly Qualified?
(A) an individual who has completed the
  academic requirements for a certificate of
  license to teach, but has not taken or
  passed the exit assessment(s) designated
  by the board
(B) an individual who has been admitted
  into a state-approved post-baccalaureate
  or alternative professional education
  program at a Missouri institution of
  higher education and is actively engaged
  in coursework to satisfy the requirements
  of the program; or
(C) an individual who has completed a
  teacher preparation program and is
  generally within twelve (12) semester
  hours of completion of the certification
  requirements as set forth in the
Must elementary special
education teachers who teach
core academic subjects be highly
In order to be highly qualified, special
education teachers must hold a special
education certificate or be licensed as
special education teachers in addition to
holding a bachelor’s degree and
demonstrating subject-matter competency
in special education and the content field.
Are charter school teachers
required to be highly qualified
under NCLB?
  - Charter school teachers must hold at
    least a bachelor’s degree and must
    demonstrate competence in the core
    academic areas in which they teach.
 - Must meet certification requirements
    established in the State’s public
    charter school law.
Are preschool teachers subject to
the highly qualified teacher
- The requirements that teachers be highly
   qualified do not apply to early childhood
   teachers because the preschool program is
   not part of our elementary and secondary
   school system.

- MO DESE requires appropriate preschool
How do teacher quality
requirements apply to individuals
working in extended learning time

   An instructor in a Title I extended
   learning time program, must meet the
   highly qualified requirement.
Do short-and long-term
substitute teachers need to
meet the highly qualified
- Substitutes take the place of teachers and
  it is vital they perform their duties well.
- It is strongly recommended that
  substitutes meet the requirements for a
  highly qualified teacher.
- All Title I paid substitutes must meet the
  60 college hour requirement.
- In Title I schools, parents must be notified
  if their child has been assigned or taught
  for four or more consecutive weeks by a
  teacher who is not highly qualified.
Do teachers of English language
learners need to meet the highly
qualified requirements?
   - If the teacher of English language
      learners provide instruction in core
      academic subjects they must meet the
      HQ requirements.
   - In addition, they must be fluent in
      English and any other language in
      which they provide instruction – both
      written and oral communication skills.
Paraprofessionals -- aides who
provide instructional support
services in a school
• The law allows paraprofessionals to support
  instruction if they have met certain academic
• At least an associate’s degree or
  successfully completed 60 college hours OR
• Meet a rigorous standard of quality and
  demonstrate subject competencies through a
  State assessment (ParaPro Assessment)

 - 100% of the nation’s teachers
    highly qualified by the end of
    the 2005-2006 academic year.

 - No state achieved the goal.
Title I –
5% Set-Aside for Highly
Qualified Teachers

 Requires that LEAs use at least 5
 percent of their Title I funds for
 professional development activities
 to ensure that teachers who are not
 currently highly qualified meet that
Title II.A – Teacher Quality

  Title II.A funds can be used to pay
  the costs of State tests required to
  determine whether teachers have
  subject matter competencies and in
  meeting State certification
  requirements by paying for the costs
  of additional required courses.

 Title I and Title II.A funds may
   be used for professional
   development to help
   paraprofessionals become
   certified and licensed teachers.
Where do we go from here?

   - Monitoring LEAs for HQT

   - HQT Improvement Plans

   - Equity Plans (St. Louis and KC)