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NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS

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NEW | Social Science Highly Qualified Requirements: The State of Florida has instituted changes to bring the Florida ESE Highly Qualified program into compliance with Federal guidelines.  

NEW | Alternative Option for Elementary Teachers: Two alternative certifications may be used in lieu of the appropriate Florida elementary subject area examination.  

ESE Highly Qualified Requirements: The State of Florida has instituted changes to bring the Florida ESE Highly Qualified program into compliance with Federal guidelines.

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a federal law which mandates that all teachers (not only Title I teachers) who teach core academic areas must meet the U.S. Department of Education's “Highly Qualified” requirements by June 30, 2006.

Who Must be Highly Qualified?
Those who teach the core academic areas- English, Reading Language Arts, Math, Science, Foreign Languages, Civics, Government, Economics, History, Geography and Arts (visual and performing) excluding dance- must be Highly Qualified. This includes core areas taught at the elementary level and ESE regular diploma core courses.

This law only applies to those teaching core academic areas who are listed as the “teacher of record."

Who Doesn't Need to be Highly Qualified?
If you do not teach a core academic area, as defined by NCLB, you are not subject to NCLB requirements.
If you are not responsible for issuing grades to students in core classes- you are not the "teacher of record"- you are not subject to the NCLB requirements.
 

What is a "Highly Qualified" teacher as defined by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act?
To be highly qualified, teachers in core academic subjects must satisfy three basic requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited or approved institution and

  2. A valid full Florida state certificate. (3-year temporary certificate in Florida is a valid full state certificate) and

  3. Subject Matter Competency for each core academic subject assigned-

    • Bachelor’s or higher degree major and/or

    • Subject Content Courses as required by the Florida Department of Education and/or

    • Passing Score on Florida Subject Area Examination and/or

    • Advanced Certificates (National Board - American Board) and

    • If you are an Experienced Teacher, you may also need: H.O.U.S.S.E. High Objective, Uniform, State Standard of Evaluation Plan.

Deadline to Meet the Highly Qualified Requirement: June 30, 2006
This deadline applies to ALL schools; Title I and non-Title I schools.

Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements  
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Experience Level  
Experienced Teachers
A teacher with at least one year of experience no matter where or which subject was taught.
  • Elementary Education
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • K-12 Arts, Music, Foreign Language
  • Middle/Secondary School
Not Experienced Teachers
A teacher with less than one year of teaching experience.
  • Elementary Education
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • K-12 Arts, Music, Foreign Language
  • Middle/Secondary School

Important Information

  • This law only applies to those teaching core academic areas who are listed as the “teacher of record”. If you are not responsible for issuing grades to students of these core classes, you are not subject to the NCLB requirements.
     

  • H.O.U.S.S.E Plan cannot be used to satisfy requirements for teachers of Reading and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
     

  • Teachers of core academic areas in dropout prevention, alternative education, juvenile justice and hospital homebound must be certified in the areas in which you are teaching by June 30, 2006 to satisfy the Highly Qualified requirement.

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Core academic subjects:
English, Reading Language Arts, Math, Science, Foreign Languages, Civics, Government, Economics, History, Geography and Arts (visual and performing) excluding dance. This includes core areas taught at the elementary level and ESE regular and special diploma core courses.
 


 

Contact Us:
Duval County Public Schools
NCLB Highly Qualified
1701 Prudential Drive, 5th Floor
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Phone: 904-390-2627
Fax: 904-390-2395

 

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