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Public Report of
Meeting Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements
November 16, 2015
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires all core academic subject area teachers, grades PreK-12, meet Highly Qualified (HQ) requirements. Each district is required to publicly report the percentage of teachers meeting this status.
“Highly qualified” means that the teacher:
a. Has obtained full Texas teacher certification, including appropriate special education certification for special education teachers, and has not had certification requirements waived on an emergency, temporary, or provisional basis and
b. Holds a minimum of a bachelor’s degree; and
c. Has demonstrated subject matter competency in each of the academic subjects in which the teacher teaches, in a manner determined by TEA and in compliance with Section 9101(23) of ESEA.
The term “core academic subjects” means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages (languages other than English), civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography [Section 9101(11)]. While the statute includes “arts” in the core academic subjects, it does not specifically define “arts”; therefore, States must make this determination. TEA has defined “arts” as music (including band and choir directors), art, theatre, dance, and other courses accepted by SBOE for graduation credit in Fine Arts.
At HISD, 100 percent of elementary and secondary teachers meet this standard. It is the district’s goal to recruit fully certified and highly qualified teachers for our students.
|District and Campus||Percentage of Classes Taught by Highly Qualified Teachers||Percentage of Teachers Receiving High Quality Professional Development|
|Junior High School||100||100|