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Atascadero USD |  BP  4112.24  Personnel

Teacher Qualifications Under The No Child Left Behind Act   

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Recognizing the importance of teacher effectiveness in improving student achievement, the Board of Trustees desires to recruit and hire teachers for core academic subjects who possess the subject matter knowledge and teaching skills required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4112.21 - Interns)

(cf. 4112.22 - Staff Teaching Students of Limited English Proficiency)

(cf. 4112.23 - Special Education Staff)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

All teachers employed to teach core academic subjects shall be "highly qualified" as defined by federal law and the State Board of Education. (20 USC 6319, 7801; 34 CFR 200.55; 5 CCR 6100-6126)

The Superintendent or designee shall inform teachers of NCLB requirements and shall identify additional qualifications, if any, that individual teachers need to demonstrate in order to meet the requirements. He/she shall work with individual teachers to develop a plan for attaining full qualifications.

The Superintendent or designee shall monitor the distribution of "highly qualified" teachers among district schools and develop strategies, as needed, to encourage teachers who meet NCLB requirements to teach in schools with the lowest student performance.

(cf. 0520.1 - High Priority Schools Grant Program)

(cf. 0520.2 - Title I Program Improvement Schools)

(cf. 0520.4 - Quality Education Investment Schools)

(cf. 4113 - Assignment)

(cf. 4114 - Transfers)

(cf. 4138 - Mentor Teachers)

The Superintendent or designee shall report to the Board on the progress of the district's teachers toward becoming fully qualified. Such reports shall include, but need not be limited to, the percentage of teachers in core academic subjects, districtwide and at each school, who meet the definition of a "highly qualified" teacher in accordance with federal law, and the percentage of teachers who are receiving professional development to enable them to satisfy this definition. (20 USC 6319)

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4131.1 - Beginning Teacher Support/Induction)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

44500-44508 Peer Assistance and Review Program for Teachers

44662 Performance evaluation; Stull Act review

44664 Teacher evaluation; program to improve performance

44865 Alternative programs

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

6100-6126 Teacher qualifications, No Child Left Behind Act

80021 Short-term staff permit

80021.1 Provisional internship permit

80089.3-80089.4 Subject matter authorizations

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1401 Definition of highly qualified special education teacher

6311 Parental notifications

6312 Title I local educational agency plan

6314 Schoolwide programs

6315 Targeted assistance schools

6319 Highly qualified teachers

7345-7345b Small Rural Schools Achievement Program

7801 Definitions, highly qualified teacher

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34

200.55-200.57 Highly qualified teachers

200.61 Parent notification regarding teacher qualifications

300.18 Highly qualified special education teachers

Management Resources:

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

California's Subject Matter Verification Process for Middle and High School Level Teachers in Special Settings, January 2007

NCLB Teacher Requirements Resource Guide, March 1, 2004

COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING PUBLICATIONS

Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Induction Programs, March 2002

Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Preparation Programs, September 2001

California Standards for the Teaching Profession, July 1997

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GUIDANCE

Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, ESEA Title II, Part A, Non-Regulatory Guidance, revised October 5, 2006

New No Child Left Behind Flexibility: Highly Qualified Teachers, Fact Sheet, March 15, 2004

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education, NCLB Teacher Quality: http://www.cde.ca.gov/nclb/sr/tq

Commission on Teacher Credentialing: http://www.ctc.ca.gov

U.S. Department of Education, No Child Left Behind: http://www.ed.gov/nclb

Policy ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: September 16, 2008 Atascadero, California