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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:  136

 

POLICY CODE:  CGD/GDA

 

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:  http://www.maine.gov/education/HQTP/index.htm

 

Thank you for assisting your teachers with this identification process.

 

 

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