NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher Reporting Procedures for reporting staff who teach core academic subjects.
“Quality……. Is everyone’s responsibility.” W. Edwards Deming
Background information During the 2006-07, DPI formalized its collection of highly qualified teacher data by creating a reporting system for the federal requirement to monitor the number of core academic classes taught by educators who are “not highly qualified”.
What are the core academic subjects identified under NCLB? English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts (general music, choral music, instrumental music, dance, theatre and art), history and geography.
When is a teacher of core academic subjects considered “highly qualified” under NCLB? The educator either: • holds the regular license for his or her assignment; OR • meets the following criteria while working under an emergency license or permit: 1. holds a major or minor in the subject(s) he or she teaches or has passed the WI Praxis II exam required for the license need for the assignment; 2. is enrolled in an approved program that the educator can complete in no more than 3 school years; AND 3. is receiving high quality professional development and intense supervision and mentoring from the district while teaching.
Meeting Criteria #1 when there is no major, minor or Praxis test. • Educators on emergency license in the following areas will meet Criteria 1 if they hold the prerequisite license listed:
Which educators should be reported as “not highly qualified”? • Any teacher assigned to teach core academic subjects who is not fully licensed for their assignment and who does not meet all three criteria while working under the emergency license or permit. • Teachers in special education, bilingual programs, elementary education and those who teach English as a second language not fully licensed in these license areas are reported as they may teach core academic subjects.
How do districts report “highly qualified teacher” information to DPI each year? There are two reports districts shall utilize. • Every district submits the “Highly Qualified Teacher Plan” (PI-9550-IIC) by November 15. • Those districts who employ educators who are “not highly qualified” also submit the “Highly Qualified Teacher Plan-Final Report” (PI-9550-IIC3 ) by June 30.
Highly Qualified Teacher Plan(PI-9550-IIC) • Due November 15. • Is submitted by every district each year even if every educator of core academic subjects in the district is “highly qualified”. • Lists any “not highly qualified” educators. • describes the district’s plan for providing technical assistance to educators who are “not highly qualified” in their district.
What are some examples of technical assistance a district can provide? • Collaborate with institutions of higher education to offer flexible licensure programs in areas of need or to meet the requirement for a major or minor. • Provide information about licensure programs at institutions of higher education in this state, WI approved alternative education programs or other on-line programs through institutions of higher education upon hiring educators who need an emergency license or permit. • Provide release time so that teachers can complete course work when evening or weekend courses are not available.
Examples of technical assistance, continued • Provide or help teachers find tutoring to facilitate passing all Praxis tests required for licensure. • Purchase study guides for Praxis tests. • Create workshops to assist teachers with such topics as test taking. • Monitor teacher progress in gaining admission to and progress toward completing an approved program.
What information may assist districts with highly qualified teacher reporting? • Annual School District Staff Report (PI-1202) licensure audit conducted each winter may bring to light educators who need emergency licenses to teach core academic subjects. • Highly qualified teacher information provided on the emergency license application (PI-1602-EL).
Highly Qualified Teacher Plan-Final Report (PI-9550-IIC3 ) • Due June 30 of each school year for districts who employ educators of core academic subjects who are “not highly qualified.” • Gives an end of school year update on the status of educators who were “not highly qualified” and any continued technical assistance the district will provide to these educators.
Where do I find more information about Highly Qualified Teacher Reporting? • Visit: http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/hqwis.html OR • Contact: Julie Hagen, Education Consultant phone: 608-266-6794 fax: 608-264-9558 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org