Public Record 107-110, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
(NCLB), further modified through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), creates requirements designed to ensure that all
public elementary, middle, and secondary "teachers of
record" 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.
Holding appropriate certification to teach in a Florida
public school is required 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.
Teachers who must pass a Florida subject area
exam to meet eligibility to add a required certification, please go to
test information, dates, and registration.