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Title II-A - Highly Qualified Teachers


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HQT Resources (August 3, 2016) Please note: Information contained on this page is not up-to-date for the 2016-17 school year. The requirements surrounding Highly Qualified Teachers have changed with the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act in December 2015. We are working to update this page and appreciate your patience.

Section 1119 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) focuses on improving teacher quality in the K-12 setting and requires all teachers of core academic subjects to be “highly qualified.” Regular and special education teachers that are the primary providers of core academic instruction are required to meet the highly qualified teacher (HQT) requirements. Core academic classes include English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages (French, German, and Spanish), civics and government, economics, history and geography, and arts (visual arts and music). (§9101(11))

General Information

The federal law defines a highly qualified teacher as a teacher who:
  • is fully licensed by the state,
  • has at least a bachelor’s degree, and
  • has demonstrated competency PDF in basic elementary curriculum (K-6) or demonstrated competence in each subject taught (7-12).

Under Oregon Administrative Rule 584-100-0007, the following licenses are considered “full state” licenses:
  • Standard
  • Basic
  • Initial (Initial, Initial I, Initial II)
  • Five Year (Elementary and Secondary)
  • Continuing/Professional
  • ESEA Alternative Route Teaching License
  • International Visiting Teaching License
  • Charter School Registry
  • Legacy Teaching License
  • Preliminary Teaching License
  • Reciprocal Teaching License



The definition of a "highly qualified" teacher in section 9101(23) of the ESEA is very specific about the ways in which a teacher may demonstrate subject knowledge competence and teaching skills. These forms are provided to assist districts with highly qualified determinations.



Highly Qualified Paraprofessionals

Paraprofessionals providing instructional support in programs supported with Title I, Part A funds also must meet federal highly qualified standards.

All Title I paraprofessionals must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent. Additionally, paraprofessionals have the following three options to meet the designation of highly qualified:

  • Complete two years of study at an institution of higher education; or
  • Obtain an associate’s (or higher) degree; or
  • Meet a rigorous standard of quality and be able to demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic assessment, knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing, and mathematics (or, as appropriate, reading readiness, writing, readiness, and mathematics readiness).


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