Highly Qualified Teachers


The deadline for submitting PR1100 Highly Qualified Teacher amendments for the end-of-year snapshot in eGrants is Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

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.”

General Information

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. These subjects include:

  • English,
  • reading or language arts
  •  mathematics
  • science
  • foreign languages (languages other than English)
  • civics and government economics arts history
  • 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.  This report contains 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. This report 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 and additional reports:

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)

Additional Resources 

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 TeacherContinuous 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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