Highly Qualified Teachers and Para Professionals
NCLB: Highly Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals, Summer,
Teachers in grades 1-5 who took NTE and passed will be considered Highly Qualified.
Teacher Quality: Does It Really Matter?
Presented by Marilyn McIntosh, Region VIII for LRA
Scribed by Kathy S. O'Neal
Good teaching last a lifetime--and bad teaching limits dreams and oppotunities. Compelling evidence confirms wht parents have always known: A teacher's mastery of the academic content of what he or she teaches is critical to engaging students and inspiring them to academic excellence.
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
*A blueprint for education reform was established.
*By the end ofthe 2005-2006 school year, all students will be taught by "highly qualified" teachers.
1)State certification/licensing exam, AND
2)Bachelors degree, AND
3)For new elementary school teachers--
*rigorous subject matter test
*teaching skills (LaTAAP)
For new middle/high school teachers
*rigorous test, OR
*academic major OR coursework equal to an academic major in each of the subjects he/she teaches OR
*has a masters degree in a pure content area (not in education) in each of the subjects he/she teaches
Practitioner teachers are "highly qualified" if they:
*have a four year college degree;
*have demonstrated subject matter competence (i.e. Praxis exam or academic major);
*receives high quality professional development that is sustained, intensive, and classroom focused;
*participate in a program of intensive supervision and regular, ongoing support for teachers;
*assume functions as a teacher on y for a specified period of time not to exceed three years; and
*demonstrate satisfactory progress toward full certification.
For teachers "not new" to the profession:
*rigorous test; OR
*academic major; OR
*advanced credentialing; OR
*advanced certification; OR
*high objective uniform state standard of evaluation (HOUSSE)
Definition: Elementary teachers who do meet the HQ definition may become HQ by meeting the following by the end of the 2005-2006 school year:
*have at least three (3) years of experience in the content area, AND
*hold a valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification in early childhood, middle childhood, or in a content area basic to elementary school OR
*have at least 12 semester hours of credit in each of the four core disciplines OR
*have an individual professinal growth plan approved by the local professional development committee that includes a plan to complete by 2006 at least ninety (90) Continuing Learning Units (CLUs) of high quality professional development (as defined in No Child Left Behind, Section 9101)
For more information contact:
Carol Wheelan, Assistant
Office of Quality Educators
http://www.teachlouisiana.net (for certification documents,
go to Teacher Certification Center and to What's New) and to
Regional Service Center
Marilyn McIntosh, Region VIII