What It Means To Be Highly Qualified

October 2010 We want so much from our teachers. To be well trained in educational best practice. To know the subjects they teach and be full of enthusiasm to share that knowledge. To be good at sharing that knowledge, lighting the thirst for more. To be excellent classroom managers, too, of course, as well as behavior experts in their own right. Not a job most of us could take on. This webpage focuses on what it means to be a highly qualified … [Read more...]

How NCLB Defines “Highly Qualified”

December 2009 As part of NCLB’s intention to improve teacher quality and, thus, outcomes for children, it requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure that all teachers hired to teach core academic subjects in Title I programs are highly qualified. In general, a “highly qualified teacher” is one with: full certification, a bachelor’s degree, and demonstrated competence in subject knowledge and teaching. ______________________________ NCLB's … [Read more...]

IDEA’s Definition of “Highly Qualified”

Updated October 2010 Special education teachers must now be highly qualified, says the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA, which has modeled its new HQT requirements on those found in its sister general education law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB). To be considered a highly qualified special education teacher depends on what type of special educator a person is. Different meanings apply depending on whether the teacher is a “highly qualified” special … [Read more...]

Frequently Asked Questions

October 2010 Why are we not surprised that you have a question on IDEA's HQT requirements? You will no doubt agree that IDEA's provisions on highly qualified special educators are nothing short of...um, complicated? The author of the six FAQs below is none other than Marion Morton Crayton of OSEP itself (the Office of Special Education Programs).  The questions and answers are adapted from NICHCY's training package on IDEA 2004, Building the … [Read more...]

Module 7: Highly Qualified Teachers

by Marion Morton Crayton Office of Special Education Programs U.S. Department of Education In Partnership with... NICHCY, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities August 2007 English only slideshow Handouts for Participants in both English and Spanish Module 7 takes an indepth look at a new element in IDEA: its definition of "highly qualified teacher." State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational … [Read more...]

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