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Final Exam Week: True/False On Highly Qualified Teachers
True or False: No Child Left Behind forces experienced teachers to take a test to prove their qualifications.
Answer: False.Because research has demonstrated a clear correlation between student academic achievement and teacher quality, No Child Left Behind requires that any public school teacher who teaches a core academic subject be "highly qualified." The law includes provisions reflecting the differences between elementary and middle and high school teachers as well as between newly hired teachers and those with experience.
In general, under No Child Left Behind, a highly qualified teacher must have:
- A bachelor's degree.
- Full state certification and licensure as defined by the state.
- Demonstrated competency, as defined by the state, in each core academic subject he or she teaches.
Teachers interested in learning more about No Child Left Behind's highly qualified teacher requirements can order a free copy of the U.S. Department of Education's "Toolkit for Teachers" by:
- Calling the U.S. Department of Education's Publications Center (ED Pubs) toll-free at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827); TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734; FAX: 1-301-470-1244.
- Ordering online at www.edpubs.org.
- E-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Writing to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.
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Last Modified: 12/16/2003