Published on June 18, 2007
No Child Left Behind: No Child Left Behind Teacher Requirements for 'Highly Qualified' Certification of Teachers: Three CategoriesDon’t confuse these requirements: They are independent of each other! Think of your license as 3 separate “buckets”: Certification of Teachers: Three Categories Don’t confuse these requirements: They are independent of each other! Think of your license as 3 separate 'buckets' 1. STATE LICENSURE: teachers must hold appropriate license for the area that they are teaching Teachers need to be appropriately certified in order to be legally employable. Teacher can teach out of field up to 20% of their time without their employment being affected (changing in 2007) 2. STATE RENEWAL: (recertification) Educators with professional status need to renew their license every 5 years through an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) This presentation addresses: 3. FEDERAL: NCLB requires all teachers of the core academic subjects, arts and music to be highly qualified by the end of the 2006-2007 school year Who Must Meet the Highly Qualified Requirements?: Who Must Meet the Highly Qualified Requirements? The 'Highly Qualified' teacher requirements apply to all 'core' academic teachers employed in our district, regardless of funding source. You must be highly qualified by June 2007. Core academic subjects include those preschool, elementary, middle and high school teachers who teach: English Reading/Language Arts Math Science Foreign Language Civics and Government Economics Arts (visual art, dance, and theatre) Music History Geography Title I (hired after July 2002) ELL “Highly Qualified” Requirements: 'Highly Qualified' Requirements In order to be considered 'Highly Qualified,' teachers of the core subject must: Possess a Bachelor’s Degree; Possess a Massachusetts teaching license; License can be a Preliminary, Initial, or Professional level AND Demonstrate 'Subject Matter Competency' in each of the core academic subjects that the teacher is teaching Options for Demonstrating Subject Matter Competency: Options for Demonstrating Subject Matter Competency NCLB legislation outlines options for demonstrating subject matter competency by completing one of the following: Passing MTEL appropriate Subject Matter Test; for elementary teachers this is the General Curriculum and Foundations of Reading test Completion of an appropriate academic major; (i.e.,BA in English) Completion of an appropriate graduate degree; (i.e., MS in science) Completion of comparable coursework equivalent to an undergraduate academic major; (DOE does not define and gives districts authority) Advanced certification or credentialing: National Board Certification or American Board in subject area; OR Completion of the Massachusetts HOUSSE (an approved Individual Professional Development Plan aligned with HOUSSE requirements) HOUSSE: Subject Matter Competency: HOUSSE: Subject Matter Competency NCLB allows States to define a High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) to provide educators with an additional option to demonstrate subject matter competency (only until June 2007!) In Massachusetts, HOUSSE allows educators to obtain PDP’s for purposes of meeting NCLB 'Highly Qualified' subject matter competency requirements A teacher at any level of certification can use the HOUSSE option to meet Highly Qualified requirements Footnote: PDP’s usually refer to recertification of a teacher’s license at provisional or professional level. The PDP’s for HOUSSE purposes can be for a teacher at any level of certification if they are choosing this option to become Highly Qualified. You will use the same PDP’s for recertification and HOUSSE! A teacher on a waiver cannot be Highly Qualified. You must take the teacher’s test HOUSSE Requirements: HOUSSE Requirements HOUSSE must contain 120 PDP’s in total 80% of the 120 PDP’s (96 PDP’s) must focus on the content or content pedagogy related to the core academic subject(s) that the teacher teaches Implicit expectation is that the content PDP’s (96) will be completed by the end of 2007 The HOUSSE plan alone does not make you highly qualified; you must have a Bachelor’s and a teaching license HOUSSE for Non-Generalist Teachers: HOUSSE for Non-Generalist Teachers Non-generalist teachers are those teachers who are licensed to teach a core academic subject or subjects and who are teaching those subjects (i.e., English teacher certified to teach English 5-9) These teachers need to complete a HOUSSE plan with 96 content PDP’s in the core subject that they teach They would add an additional 30 PDP’s for other subject(s) that they teach (up to 20% out of field rule) You can go back to 1999 to collect your PDP’s. For college courses, you can go back earlier than 1999. HOUSSE for Generalist Teachers: HOUSSE for Generalist Teachers Generalist teachers are those who are licensed in a specific area, but teach more than one core academic subject (Special Education, Elementary Education) or hold the Middle School Generalist license Must distribute 80% (96) of their 120 PDP’s across the core academic subjects that they teach Distribution should ensure that a teacher has at least 10 PDP’s in each core academic subject To meet the HOUSSE requirements, they will have to: Generalists Continued: Generalists Continued Create a supplemental 'log' that documents how they are meeting their HOUSSE requirements. 'Log' will allow teachers to draw PDP’s from multiple rounds of recertification dating back to 1999 through the end of 2007 to meet HOUSSE requirements. For college courses (graduate and undergraduate) there is no restriction as to how far back you may go to convert credit into PDP’s (generally speaking, 3 credits translates to 45 PDP’s You use the same HOUSSE form as non-generalists - the log is in the form Special Education Teachers: Special Education Teachers If they are not the sole/primary teacher of the content, they do not have to be 'Highly Qualified' (they provide supportive content instruction in the classroom or learning center) If they are the sole/primary teacher then the teacher must be 'Highly Qualified' Out-of-Field Teaching: Out-of-Field Teaching Massachusetts allows teachers to teach out-of-field for up to 20% of their time (new restrictions coming in June 2007) NCLB requires a teacher to demonstrate 'a high level of competency in each of the [core] academic subjects' in which he or she teaches. A teacher who is teaching out-of-field will not be considered highly qualified in the out-of-field subject area until he or she has demonstrated subject matter competency in that area. Misc.: Misc. The school districts determine who is 'Highly Qualified,' under the DOE guidelines Once you are deemed 'Highly Qualified,' you remain so forever as long as your license does not expire or you change the content that you are teaching The district cannot qualify those teachers who are waiting for DOE to process their license A Master’s degree in Education does not count towards demonstrating subject matter competency. The Master’s must be in a core subject in which the teacher teaches Misc.: Misc. Non-generalists who teach 20% out of their field of certification add an additional 30 PDP’s to their 120 PDP’s. The additional 30 must focus solely on the content area they are teaching outside of their certification Elementary certified teachers who teach a core subject at the Middle School level can demonstrate subject matter competency by developing a HOUSSE IPDP focusing 80% of their total 120 PDP’s on the subjects being taught Misc.: Misc. If you are a teacher with an IPDP already, but that plan does not have the correct distribution of PDP’s, you can amend that plan The law states that to be considered highly qualified, the teacher must not have 'had certification or licensure requirements waived on an emergency or temporary basis' Massachusetts teachers who are on waivers should not be considered as having met the highly qualified requirements for purposes of federal goal setting and reporting Reporting: Reporting Districts that receive Title I are required to notify the parents of students that they may request, and the district will provide the parent on request, information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teacher(s) Schools that receive Title I funding shall provide each individual parent timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified. Why Are We Doing This Now?: Why Are We Doing This Now? Should have been done 2 years ago The deadline for all staff to be Highly Qualified was originally June 2006. You have until June 2007, but I still have to report you as unqualified Turn in your HOUSEE log as soon as you are done! You must complete your PDP’s by June 2007 as the HOUSSE option is eliminated at that time! Resources: Technical Assistance Materials: Resources: Technical Assistance Materials http://www.doe.mass.edu/nclb/hq http://www.doe.mass.edu/nclb/hq/hq_memo.html http://www.doe.mass.edu/nclb/hq/hq_faq.html Unrelated to Highly Qualified:: Unrelated to Highly Qualified: Educators can develop their Recertification IPDP by using the following form: http://www.doe.mass.edu/pd/ipdp.doc.