Educator Certificationc/o Texas Education AgencyEducator Certification & Standards1701 North Congress AvenueWBT 5-100Austin, Texas 78701-1494512-936-8400Highly Qualified TeachersSection 1119 of The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) focuses on improving teacher quality at the local level. To achieve this goal, the act requires all teachers teaching core subject academic areas to meet specific competency and educational requirements. Teachers who meet these requirements are considered “highly qualified.”
Teachers are required to be highly qualified if they are the Teacher of Record providing direct instruction to students in any core academic subject area, including English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages (languages other than English), civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography.
Highly qualified teachers must:
- Hold at least a bachelor’s degree;
- Be fully certified to teach in Texas; and
- Demonstrate competency in their core academic subject area
Guidance for Implementation of NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements (PDF, 1068KB) Updated February 20, 2013. Additional information about which teachers must meet the highly qualified requirements and how the state is implementing the program.
Title I – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Full text in HTML format of Title I, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act. Section 1119 addresses Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) requirements.
Highly Qualified Teacher Reports by state, region, district, or campus
Beginning and end-of-year reports on state, regional and local progress toward highly qualified teacher compliance. Includes information about high-poverty and low-poverty districts.
State plan for meeting the highly qualified teacher goal (PDF, 165KB)
The revised plan for achieving compliance to NCLB highly qualified teacher requirements
Attachment 1: Texas Strategic Plan to Address the Teacher Shortage (PDF, 507KB)For additional information, contact:
Attachment 2: Sample Campus HQT Compliance Report (PDF, 349KB)
Attachment 3: District HQ Percent (PDF, 509KB)
Attachment 4: Campus HQ (PDF, 3,646KB)
Attachment 5: NCLB Monitoring Description (PDF, 1,451KB)
Attachment 6: Equity Plan (PDF, 224KB) (Updated February 2, 2012)
USDE Approval Letter (PDF, 14KB)
USDE Review Sheet and Comments (PDF, 45KB)
Division of Educator Standards
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701