Terms to Know
Highly Qualified Teachers: To be deemed highly qualified, teachers must have: 1) a bachelor's degree,
2) full state certification or licensure, and 3) prove that they know each subject they teach.
State Requirements: NCLB requires states to 1) measure the extent to which all students have
highly qualified teachers, particularly minority and disadvantaged students, 2) adopt goals and plans to ensure all teachers
are highly qualified and, 3) publicly report plans and progress in meeting teacher quality goals.
Demonstration of Competency: Teachers (in middle and high school) must prove that they know the subject
they teach with: 1) a major in the subject they teach, 2) credits equivalent to a major in the subject, 3) passage of a state-developed
test, 4) HOUSSE (for current teachers only, see below), 5) an advanced certification from the state, or 6) a graduate degree.
High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE): NCLB allows states to develop
an additional way for current teachers to demonstrate subject-matter competency and meet highly qualified teacher requirements.
Proof may consist of a combination of teaching experience, professional development, and knowledge in the subject garnered
over time in the profession.