A key goal of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act is that every student will receive instruction from a “highly qualified” teacher (HQT). To be considered “highly qualified” under NCLB, a teacher of core academic content must possess:
A bachelor’s degree
A teaching or intern credential, and
Demonstrated core academic subject matter competence
The core academic content areas include: multiple/general subjects, English, reading/language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics/government, economics, history, geography, and the arts.
Teachers are categorized as “new” or “not new” by the original issuance date of their first full or intern teaching credential. Districts are required to develop plans to ensure both “new” and “not new” teachers assigned to teach core academic content areas meet the “highly qualified” teacher criteria.
Each Fall, site master schedules are centrally reviewed to identify teachers needing to meet the “highly qualified” requirements for their current assignments. Teacher Preparation and Student Support Division staff have trained a cadre of retired administrators that meet with principals to review their master schedules. The cadre then works with teachers not meeting the “highly qualified” criteria for their assignments, and together they develop an individual plan to help each teacher to become compliant.
The following is a list of teachers at our school, by grade level. You will notice the letters "HQT" behind the name of teachers. HQT signifies that the teacher is a "Highly Qualified Teacher."