CARROLL COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER POLICY
No Child Left Behind requires a teacher to have demonstrated “a high level of competency in each of the core academic subjects.”
Carroll County Schools strives to have all students taught by highly qualified teachers in the core subject areas. The core academic subjects are: English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, the arts, history, and geography.
- Carroll County Schools will document efforts to recruit highly qualified candidates for core teaching positions and will keep on file applications and resumes received as well as notes from interviewing and selecting teachers for employment.
- The district incorporates the state’s “Procedures for Hiring a Teacher that is Not Yet Highly Qualified (Interim license EC or IC)” and will fully implement those procedures when it is necessary to hire a teacher who is not highly qualified for the grade level(s) and/or subject(s) the teacher is assigned to teach.
- The following steps may be taken to obtain highly qualified status when a teacher(s) is employed under an emergency certificate (EC) or under an interim certificate (IC):
- Passing the Praxis II Specialty Area assessment in the teacher’s teaching area, or
- Completing a master’s degree in the core academic subject area in which the teacher teaches, or
- Completing 21 hours of coursework in the teacher’s teaching area, or
- Obtaining National Board Certification in an area in which the teacher is not currently endorsed.
- The Carroll County School District is required by state board policy to complete a district-wide Highly Qualified Teacher plan annually. A committee comprised of the superintendent, a designated contact for “highly qualified” teacher issues, the federal programs director, a teacher who is already highly qualified, and the principal will develop the district plan. The plan will be submitted to MDE.
- MSIS will be used to analyze personnel data files, and a report documenting the teacher’s highly qualified status and where the teacher is assigned to teach will be sent to the district.
- Schools are required by state board policy to complete individualized HQT plans in collaboration with teachers who are not highly qualified. The plan must indicate specific strategies and techniques that will be utilized to assist teachers in obtaining the HQT status.
- The Federal Programs Director will monitor the Highly Qualified status of teachers. Federal funding will be available for assisting non-highly qualified teachers in becoming highly qualified.
- The school district will notify, annually at the beginning of the school year, parents of each student attending each school that receives Title I, Part A funds that the parents may request and the district will provide information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s teachers.
- The district will ensure that each school that received Title I, Part A funds provides to each parent timely notice the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.
DATE OF BOARD APPROVAL: ______________________________________