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TO:                 Superintendents of Schools


FROM:           Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:            June 17, 2004


SUBJECT:     Highly Qualified Teacher Identification – Teachers of Foreign Language


Please forward to Assistant Superintendents, School Principals, and the LEA designee for Identification of Highly Qualified Teachers


The No Child Left Behind provisions surrounding "Highly Qualified" teachers allow for teachers to meet the federal “Highly Qualified” definition by taking and passing a "rigorous subject matter test”.  The Maine Model identifies the PRAXIS II content test for this purpose.  We have recently been advised that the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview represents an acceptable assessment for this purpose, as well.  Therefore, foreign language teachers may opt to take the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview or the PRAXIS II content assessment, if taking an assessment is their choice for demonstrating subject matter competency to meet the federal definition of a “Highly Qualified Teacher”.  A rating of “Advanced” or “Superior” on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview is considered a passing score. 


Please be advised that the Maine Model, Highly Qualified Teacher Identification Form 3, which foreign language teachers would complete, has been amended to include the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.  The amended Model can be accessed at:


Thank you for assisting your teachers with this identification process.