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Section 1119 of Title I of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act contains provisions addressing the use of designated funds to support professional development. Other NCLB provisions address the qualifications for the instructional staff members and paraprofessionals, of which parents must be notified. District staff members and school administrators responsible for the instructional staff member recruitment and development should be aware of these requirements.
NCLB assures parents' right to know information about the qualifications of the school staff members teaching their children and their children's level of achievement on state academic assessments. This document summarizes the Title I notification requirements.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act includes provisions pertaining to teacher qualifications. This document summarizes the definition of "highly qualified" teachers as delineated in the Title I regulations addressing this subject and provides links to each state's information on highly qualified teachers.
This link is to the U.S. Department of Education's resources on highly qualified teachers.
As noted at its website, "the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center) is the premier national resource to which the regional comprehensive centers, states, and other education stakeholders turn for strengthening the quality of teaching."
The Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy at the University of Washington has studied the issue of out-of-field teaching in schools. This document highlights the findings from studies on out-of-field teaching.
This resource provides external links to presentations on teacher and paraprofessional qualifications presented at the First Annual Student Achievement and School Accountability Conference: Using Title I Programs as a Model for Reform sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in October 2002.