Highly Qualified Teachers
The deadline for submitting PR1100 Highly Qualified Teacher surveys in eGrants has been extended to Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
As indicated in the letter titled "Implications of NCLB Flexibility Waiver", Highly Qualified requirements have not changed. The only reporting change is that districts that are required to create a Continuous Improvement Plan, Focus Data Analysis, or a Notification Memo by December 16, 2013 no longer have to submit those documents to TEA and are to keep those documents on file at the district level. This deadline impacts LEAs that report less than 100% Highly Qualified Teachers and LEAs that initially submitted a campus report after the November 19, 2013 deadline.
Districts that are required to create a Paraprofessional Action Plan must still submit those plans to TEA by December 16, 2013.
TEA is in the process of reviewing the Focused Data Analysis. Until that review is complete, districts are not required to complete the Focused Data Analysis. Upon completion of the review, TEA will notify those districts that need to complete the Focused Data Analysis or an amended version of the analysis and will indicate a new deadline for completion.
Section 1119 of The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) focuses on improving teacher quality at the local level. To achieve this goal, the act requires all teachers teaching core subject academic areas to meet specific competency and educational requirements. Teachers who meet these requirements are considered “highly qualified.”
Teachers are required to be highly qualified if they are the Teacher of Record providing direct instruction to students in any core academic subject area, including English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages (languages other than English), civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography.
Highly qualified teachers must:
- Hold at least a bachelor’s degree;
- Be fully certified to teach in Texas; and
- Demonstrate competency in their core academic subject area
Guidance for Implementation of NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements (PDF, 1068KB) Updated February 20, 2013. Additional information about which teachers must meet the highly qualified requirements and how the state is implementing the program.
Title I – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Full text in HTML format of Title I, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act. Section 1119 addresses Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) requirements.
Highly Qualified Teacher Reports by state, region, district, or campus
Beginning and end-of-year reports on state, regional and local progress toward highly qualified teacher compliance. Includes information about high-poverty and low-poverty districts.
State plan for meeting the highly qualified teacher goal (PDF, 165KB)
The revised plan for achieving compliance to NCLB highly qualified teacher requirements
Attachment 1: Texas Strategic Plan to Address the Teacher Shortage (PDF, 507KB)
Attachment 2: Sample Campus HQT Compliance Report (PDF, 349KB)
Attachment 3: District HQ Percent (PDF, 509KB)
Attachment 4: Campus HQ (PDF, 3,646KB)
Attachment 5: NCLB Monitoring Description (PDF, 1,451KB)
Attachment 6: Equity Plan (PDF, 224KB) (Updated February 2, 2012)
USDE Approval Letter (PDF, 14KB)
USDE Review Sheet and Comments (PDF, 45KB)
Highly Qualified Teacher Determination forms
Forms to determine whether or not a teacher meets HQT requirements.
Sample Forms for use by Local Education Agencies (LEAs)
NCLB compliance and parental notification sample forms in English and Spanish.
Highly Qualified Teacher Continuous Improvement Plan (HQTCIP) Process
LEAs not meeting HQT requirements must analyze local data to identify the causes of and possible solutions to non-compliance.
For additional information, contact:
Division of Educator Standards
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
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