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Highly Qualified Teachers

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Under the No Child Left Behind Act, students have a right to be taught by “highly qualified” teachers. Because our schools receive federal funds, we must inform you whenever your child has a teacher not considered “highly qualified” to teach a particular subject at your child’s grade level.

In order to be considered “highly qualified” under the federal law, teachers hired before the 2002-2003 school year must have obtained full state certification, hold at least a bachelor’s degree and either demonstrate competence in all academic subjects in which the teacher teaches based on a high, objective, uniform state standard of evaluation or meet the same requirements as newly-hired teachers. Newly-hired (hired after the beginning of the 2003-2003 school year) elementary teachers must have full state certification, hold a bachelor’s degree, and pass a state test for teachers in reading, writing and other areas of the elementary curriculum. Newly-hired middle and high school teachers must meet the same certification and degree requirements and pass a state test in the subject area in which they teach or have an academic major, graduate degree or comparable course work in the subject.

In the event that a student is instructed by a non HQT teacher for more than four continuous weeks, a letter would be sent home to parents explaining how the teacher did not meet this definition. At that time, parents would be encouraged to contact the superintendent at PO Box 550, 29020 Mission Belleview, Louisburg, Kansas 66053 or 913.837.1700 with any questions.