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New Flexible Policies for Becoming 'Highly Qualified'

Magazine article Techniques

New Flexible Policies for Becoming 'Highly Qualified'

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Three new policies announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige in March are intended to give teachers greater flexibility in demonstrating that they are highly qualified under the No Child Left Behind Act. The policies, which took effect immediately, addressed the challenges of teachers who teach more than one subject, especially those in rural schools and science teachers.

One new flexibility provision recognizes that teachers in small, rural and isolated areas--estimated to be about one-third of the nation's school districts--are often called upon to teach multiple subjects. Since it may be a challenge for these teachers to meet the highly qualified requirements in all subjects they teach, the new policy gives them additional time to do so. As long as teachers in eligible districts are highly qualified in at least one subject, they will have three more years to become highly qualified in the additional subjects. Newly hired teachers would have until their third year of teaching to meet the requirements. …

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