HOUSSE Terms to Know

HOUSSE Terms to Know

Terms to Know: Highly Qualified Teachers

  • Highly Qualified Teachers: To be deemed highly qualified, teachersmust have: 1) a bachelor's degree, 2) full state certification orlicensure, and 3) prove that they know each subject they teach.

  • State Requirements: NCLB requires states to 1) measurethe extent to which all students have highly qualified teachers,particularly minority and disadvantaged students, 2) adopt goals andplans to ensure all teachers are highly qualified and, 3) publiclyreport plans and progress in meeting teacher quality goals.

  • Demonstration of Competency: Teachers (in middle and high school)must prove that they know the subject they teach with: 1) a major inthe subject they teach, 2) credits equivalent to a major in thesubject, 3) passage of a state-developed test, 4) HOUSSE (for currentteachers only, see below), 5) an advanced certification from the state,or 6) a graduate degree.

  • High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE): NCLBallows states to develop an additional way for current teachers todemonstrate subject-matter competency and meet highly qualified teacherrequirements. Proof may consist of a combination of teachingexperience, professional development, and knowledge in the subjectgarnered over time in the profession.


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