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No Child Left Behind

NCLB requires all teachers of core academic subjects hired after the first day of the 2002-03 school year, in a program supported with Title I funds, to achieve "highly qualified" status. All teachers in core academic subjects must meet requirements by the end of 2005-06 school year.

Content Areas

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Reading or Language Arts
  • Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Economics
  • Civics and Government
  • History
  • Art, Music, Dance, Theatre
  • Geography
  • Other areas affected: Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education, and ESOL

Options to Achieve “Highly Qualified” Status for Teachers Certified in:

Early Childhood Education

  1. State Content Test (PRAXIS II 5022) OR
  2. Academic Major or elementary content course work
  3. State Pedagogy test (PRAXIS II 5621 or out of state Pedagogy test)

Elementary Education Teaching in Elementary School

  1. State Content Test (PRAXIS II 5019) OR
  2. Academic Major or elementary content course work
  3. State Pedagogy test (PRAXIS II 5622 or out of state Pedagogy test)

Special Education Teaching in Elementary School and Middle School

Special Education certified teacher teaching in Elementary or Middle school AND who are the teacher of record, must be certified in all content areas they are teaching to be “Highly Qualified”.

Secondary Content Area

  1. Certification (APC or NBC).
  2. State content tests (PRAXIS II or out of state content test).
  3. Academic major.
  4. HOUSSE rubric.