Public Record 107-110, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
(NCLB), creates requirements designed to ensure that all
public elementary, middle, and secondary teachers of
who are assigned to teach core academic
meet the federal definition of a "highly
A "teacher of record" is defined as a
teacher who provides primary instruction and gives the
grades for the assigned core subjects.
Arts (Music, Drama, Art)|
Note the distinction between holding appropriate
certification and meeting the NCLB definition of a "highly
qualified" teacher. As you will see by reviewing the
information found on the links to the left, in many cases
holding appropriate certification to teach in a Florida
public school is not sufficient to meet the federal
definition of a "highly qualified" teacher.
Effective 7/1/06 use of the High Objective Uniform State
Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) option for meeting the
federal definition of a "highly qualified" teacher is
restricted to teachers in the following situations:
- New middle/secondary ESE content teachers if highly
qualified in language arts, mathematics or science at
the time of hire will have two extra years to document
Highly Qualified (HQ) status in additional content subjects.
- Veteran teachers newly hired from another state who
earned their HQ status in another state may transfer in
their HQ status by submitting a verification
form when relocating to Florida.
- Veteran foreign language teachers of Chinese, Greek,
Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and teachers of American Sign Language.
- Newly hired international exchange teachers.
Experienced elementary and ESE teachers (teaching at the
elementary level or teaching at the secondary level to ESE
students on alternative achievement standards) who have passed an appropriate
subject area exam in another state for the subject of
elementary education can document
their highly qualified status by having their former school
district complete a Verification
of a Highly Qualified Subject Area Content Test form
For teachers who must pass a Florida subject area
exam to meet federal "highly qualified" teacher
requirements, please go to
test information, dates, and registration.