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Four Facts About No Child Left Behind's "Highly Qualified" Teacher Requirements
No Child Left Behind places a premium on teacher quality because research has shown that teacher quality is correlated with student academic achievement. Because each community faces a variety of different challenges with respect to teacher quality, No Child Left Behind provides states with the flexibility to use designated teacher improvement funds for a wide array of needs.

  1. Each state must develop a plan to ensure that all teachers are "highly qualified" no later than the end of the 2005-2006 school year.

  2. Each state creates its own definition of "highly qualified," using the law's minimum requirements as a starting point.

  3. No Child Left Behind consolidated the Eisenhower Professional Development and the Class Size Reduction programs into the Improving Teacher Quality State Grants program and greatly increased the flexibility for how these funds can be used. This allows each school district to tailor its approach to the unique needs of the teachers in its community.

  4. President Bush's proposed budget for fiscal year 2004 provides more than $3.7 billion for programs dedicated to teacher quality and improvement, and up to $4.5 billion if funds from other state grant programs are included.


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