What Does ESEA Say? ESEA Timeline 6/24/2014. Charter Schools and ESEA Highly Qualified Teachers June 2014

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1 Charter Schools and ESEA Highly Qualified Teachers June 2014 What Does ESEA Say? Highly Qualified The term highly qualified means the teacher has a bachelor s degree, obtained full State licensure with subject matter competency in English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, geography, history, and arts. ESEA, Title IX 9101(23) ESEA Timeline ESEA states: By , all teachers teaching core subjects in Title I-A schools must be highly qualified. ESEA states: By the beginning of 2007 school year, all teachers teaching core academic subjects must be highly qualified. This includes charter and alternative education teachers. 1

2 What Determines HQT Status? A highly qualified teacher holds a minimum of a bachelor s degree, and A highly qualified teacher has obtained full state licensure, and A highly qualified teacher has demonstrated subject matter competence in each of the core academic subjects the teacher teaches. HQT Determination HQT Determination Forms are found at: Forms for both Elementary and Secondary teachers are available. 2

3 What Determines HQT Status? A highly qualified teacher holds a minimum of a bachelor s degree, and A highly qualified teacher has obtained full state licensure, and A highly qualified teacher has demonstrated subject matter competence in each of the core academic subjects the teacher teaches. OAR Oregon Licenses Considered Full State Certification (1) Basic Teaching License; or (2) Standard Teaching License; or (3) Initial (Initial, I, II) Teaching License; or (4) Continuing Teaching License; or (5) Five-Year Elementary Teaching License; or (6) Five-Year Secondary Teaching License; or (7) International Visiting Teacher License; or (8) NCLB Alternative Route Teaching License; or (9) Charter School Registry. Highly Qualified vs. Legal to Teach The ESEA definition of highly qualified does not completely align to the current state licensure/certification structure and assignment rules. Teachers who are allowed to teach certain courses under state licensure/certification and assignment rules may not meet the definition of highly qualified. Teachers who do meet the definition of highly qualified and who do NOT have the endorsement on their license MAY require a License for Conditional Assignment under the current state licensure structure. 3

4 What Determines HQT Status? A highly qualified teacher holds a minimum of a bachelor s degree, and A highly qualified teacher has obtained full state licensure, and A highly qualified teacher has demonstrated subject matter competence in each of the core academic subjects the teacher teaches. What are the Core Academic Areas? The term core academic subjects means: English Reading Mathematics Science Foreign Languages Civics and Government Economics History Geography Arts (Art and Music) Oregon through TSPC further defines the arts as being visual arts and music, and foreign language as German, French and Spanish Demonstrating Subject Matter Competency Pass a rigorous state exam in the core academic subject matter area, or In the K-6 setting educators should take the ORELA (NES) Elementary Exam subtest I and II. In the 7-12 setting educators should take the appropriate subject matter test for the course they are teaching. 4

5 Demonstrating Subject Matter Competency Pass a rigorous state exam in the core academic subject matter area, or Complete a major or coursework equivalent to an undergraduate major in the core academic area (only available for 7-12 grade setting), or The major should be listed on the educator s transcript. Demonstrating Subject Matter Competency Pass a rigorous state exam in the core academic subject matter area, or Complete a major or coursework The graduate equivalent to an undergraduate major in the core academic area, or Hold a graduate degree in the core academic subject matter area, (only available for 7-12 grade setting), or degree must be in the subject matter the educator will be teaching. Demonstrating Subject Matter Competency Pass a rigorous state exam in the core academic subject matter area, or Complete a major or coursework equivalent to an undergraduate major in the core academic area, or Hold a graduate degree in the core academic subject matter area, or Highly Objective Uniform State Standards of Evaluation (HOUSSE). Only for licensed teachers. 5

6 Elementary HOUSSE To qualify for the Elementary HOUSSE, a total of sixty (60) points of combined coursework must be earned. Experience must meet the 3 year minimum requirement to be eligible. A teaching license must have been awarded prior to the school year and a minimum of three years teaching experience at the elementary level must have occurred prior to the school year. Secondary HOUSSE To qualify for the Secondary HOUSSE, a total of one hundred (100) points of combined coursework, professional development, and experience must be earned. Experience must meet the 3 year minimum requirement, to be eligible, and may not exceed the 5 year maximum for a total of no more than 50 points. A teaching license must have been awarded prior to the school year and a minimum of three years teaching experience in the subject to be evaluated must have occurred prior to the school year. 6

7 HOUSSE Worksheets HOUSSE Worksheets are found at: When Must A Teacher be HQ? Core content teachers must meet HQT requirements at the time of assignment or the time of hire. 7

8 Do Charter School Teachers Need to be Highly Qualified? For Charter School teachers, the term HQT means that the teacher meets the requirements set forth in Oregon public charter school law. Any person employed as a teacher in a public charter school shall be licensed or registered to teach by the commission. ORS Title 30 Chapter (b) and (c) Licensed or Registered Any person employed as a teacher in a public charter school shall be licensed or registered by TSPC. In a public charter school, at least 50% of total Teacher and Administrator FTE* must be licensed** and up to 50% may be registered by TSPC. ORS (7) Teachers teaching at a virtual public charter who are licensed by TSPC must provide 95% of the school instructional hours. ORS (1)(f)(B) *Full-time Equivalent ** Basic, Continuing, Initial and Standard. Licensed or Registered To be HQ, a licensed Charter School Teacher must have: a bachelor s degree, a valid license, and demonstrate subject matter knowledge by testing, major coursework, or graduate degree in subject. To be HQ, a registered Charter School Teacher must have: a bachelor s degree, a valid charter school registry, and demonstrate subject matter knowledge by testing, major coursework, or graduate degree in subject. 8

9 Who is responsible for HQT in a Charter School? The District and the Charter School need to work together to ensure that all teachers are highly qualified at the time of hire or assignment. Do Special Education Teachers Need to be Highly Qualified? Teaching Assignments K-8 special education teachers who provide the direct core content instruction to students must meet HQ requirements for elementary school teachers. Do Special Education Teachers Need to be Highly Qualified? Teaching Assignments 9-12 special education teachers providing instruction in core academic subjects must demonstrate subject matter knowledge in each core academic subject they teach special education teachers who teach exclusively to students who are assessed against the Alternative (Extended) Assessment (alternative achievement standards) must meet HQ requirements for elementary school teachers. 9

10 Do Special Education Teachers Need to be Highly Qualified? Teaching Assignments Special education teachers providing supplemental/support or consultative services are not required to meet HQ requirements for that portion of the assignment. Do Online/Distance Learning Teachers need to be Highly Qualified? The teacher providing the core content instruction, grade and credit must be highly qualified. Online/Distance Learning Classes Types Teacher is provided by the online provider and interacts with the students. Online teacher must be HQ and reported in Staff Assignment. Online curriculum provided without a teacher. School must provide a HQ teacher and report him/her in Staff Assignment. University/community college faculty School does not need to report these classes/teachers. 10

11 Other Teachers that Need to be Highly Qualified Alternative Education Teachers must meet the requirement of HQT in all core academic subjects they are assigned to teach. Bilingual and ESL teachers must meet the requirement of HQT in all core academic subjects they are assigned to teach. US Dept. of Education requires ODE to submit reports around Highly Qualified Teachers. Teacher Quality Elementary and Secondary Special Education Teachers Title III Teachers This data is reported from districts to ODE as part of the Staff Assignment Collection. Staff Assignment Collection Links teachers to the classes that they teach. Determines Highly Qualified Teachers for core academic subjects. Includes all teachers who are providing instruction. Non-instructional courses like student aides do not need reported. is for the entire school year (summer, fall spring). 11

12 Staff Assignment IUID (extracted from Student Information System) Creates a unique identifier for each course taught. Uses the NCES Secondary and NCES Prior-to- Secondary Course Codes. USID Collection Staff demographic data. Staff Assignment Details How the teacher is/isn t Highly Qualified. Course Codes NCES and Prior to Secondary NCES Course Codes cherquality/ nces-secondary-and-prior-to-secondarycodes.pdf NCES (High School) Subject Area 1- Subject Area 22 Prior to Secondary NCES (Elementary/Middle School) Subject Area 51- Subject Area 99 When determining what course code to choose match the course description for what is being taught in the classroom. All core content classes are marked with a #. All core content classes REQUIRE a HQ teacher!!!!!! Course Codes Elementary/Middle School Self-contained classroom-subject Area 73 Kindergarten Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade 7* Grade 8* Blended *Teacher must provide instruction in math, social studies, language arts and science to be a self-contained 7 th or 8 th grade classroom. 12

13 Course Codes Elementary/Middle School Physical Education Music Title I Reading Corrective Reading Title I Math Particular Topics in Foundational Mathematics English Language Development Electives Use course code that matches the elective Middle School Core Content Use content specific course codes Subject Area 51 English Language Arts Subject Area 52 Mathematics Subject Area 53 Life and Physical Science. Course Codes Elementary/Middle School Special Education Developmental Support Life Skills Subject Area 73-Core Content Tutorial Supplemental Support/Resource Room Course Codes High School Core Content Subject Area 1 English Language Arts Title I Reading Subject Area 2 Mathematics Title I Math Subject Area 3 Life and Physical Science Subject Area 4 Social Science and History Subject Area 5 Fine and Performing Arts Subject Area 6 Foreign Language and Literature 13

14 Course Codes High School Special Education State Community Living Communication Instruction Social Development Instruction Developmental Support Life Skills Core Content Codes Tutorial-Supplemental Support/Resource Room Scenarios Our school offers our students a Sixth Grade Spanish class which they take as an elective class. The teacher has an elementary multiple subjects endorsement and speaks fluent Spanish. A teacher is teaching one class of AP Art History. It falls under the Art Endorsement, however she does not hold an Art Endorsement. She does however, have an undergraduate minor in Art History, she has 30 quarter credits of Art and 33 quarter credits of Art History. We use Aventa Learning as our online provider. Aventa s teachers build the curriculum, provide the instruction and issue the grade. They have told us all of their teachers meet the highly qualified requirements. Scenarios Teachers are teaching a reading intervention program at the junior high. The intervention program is being taught as an elective and is not replacing core language arts instruction. The school has all teachers teaching this program. Our K-8 Charter School has a Registered Teacher who is teaching 8th grade science and has an Biology endorsement from TSPC. Our Spanish Immersion School elementary teacher is teaching self-contained 3 rd grade. The teacher has a restricted transitional license with an endorsement in Spanish. 14

15 Scenarios Middle School Reading I is a comprehension based skill support class. This class focuses on the skills needed to comprehend different types of text. Students in this class generally have all other skills needed for strong reading, such as decoding and fluency skills. The teacher providing this instruction has an English Language Arts endorsement. Our middle school offers an elective called Geology of Oregon. This course focuses on the unique geology of Oregon and explores the physical geography in Oregon. The teacher providing the instruction is endorsed in Social Studies. Scenarios Our students attend our online school where they are working on all different classes. These are self-paced, online courses where the computer program builds the curriculum and provides the instruction. There is a staff member in the room monitoring the students. We have a teacher on maternity leave for 3 months and we hired a substitute teacher who has a middle level math endorsement and is authorized to teach grades 5-9. The substitute will be teaching middle school and high school math. Some of our students are taking an online Spanish class from a Blue Mountain Community College faculty member. The teacher has a master s degree in Spanish. The community college sends us the grade which we add to the student s grade/transcripts. Contact Information: Janet Bubl HQT Coordinator Anna Haley Staff Assignment Data Owner

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