Highly Qualified Information

2015-2016 Highly Qualified Information for Paraprofessionals, Teachers and Administrators

Arizona Educator Exams information: go here

The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), reauthorized in 2001, requires that all teachers be highly qualified in the core academic content area(s) they teach. NCLB places major emphasis upon teacher quality as a factor in improving achievement for all students. This emphasis grows out of the research showing that teachers’ mastery of the academic content they teach is critical to engaging students and is a significant factor in raising levels of student achievement. All veteran teachers of core academic content areas should have met the highly qualified teacher requirement by the end of the 2005-2006 school year. All instructional paraprofessionals in Title I school-wide or Title I targeted assistance programs should also have met the highly qualified paraprofessional requirements by the end of the 2005-2006 school year.

The following Highly Qualified Teacher information/links serve as a guide to assist Arizona’s school administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals in identifying and reporting highly qualified data. The following links will provide you with specific information about NCLB highly qualified requirements.

HOUSSE Rubric Reminder: Teachers in core content areas who were determined to be highly qualified through a HOUSSE Rubric on or before June 30, 2007, may continue to use the HOUSSE to meet the highly qualified requirement provided that they have a physical copy of the completed rubric form, along with all supporting documentation. For a HOUSSE Rubric to be valid, teachers must have been teaching in the core content area at the time of completion. It is the responsibility of the LEA to retain highly qualified files for each teacher for five (5) years (per federal document retention policies).  It is the teacher’s responsibility to keep a personal copy of their HOUSSE Rubric and supporting documentation since they cannot be recreated; no new rubrics may be completed at this time.  In addition, please note the following:
  1. The Highly Qualified Attestation Form provides the HOUSSE Rubric as an option to determine content competency by earning a minimum of 100 points and providing supporting documentation.
  2. Teachers who hold a HOUSSE Rubric with supporting documentation that was completed on or before June 30, 2007, in a specific content area are able to use it any time during their professional career even if they move to a different teaching position and then return to the position for which they hold the HOUSSE Rubric.  This is true of all of the HOUSSE Rubrics created during this time frame. Again, a physical copy of the HOUSSE Rubric and supporting documentation must be provided by the teacher to show Highly Qualified status in the content area.
  3. In the HQT Application, the HOUSSE Rubric is an option in the highly qualified criteria drop down menu.  Teachers will be highly qualified if the teaching position is the same as the one that the HOUSSE Rubric was completed for with the supporting documentation.

Contact Information

Tel: (602) 364-1842
Fax: (602) 542-5010

Director of Effective Teachers and Leaders (formerly Title II-A): Steve Larson
Deputy Associate Superintendent of Educator Excellence Section: Mark McCall

Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders
Arizona Department of Education, Bin 45
1535 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007