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“Highly Qualified Teacher Survey” State Baseline Data 2003-04
DIRECTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER SURVEY
*NOTE: The actual “HQT” survey must be completed for each school in your district and submitted at the Superintendent level through the MEDMS database.
The purpose of this survey is to provide baseline data for a performance goal of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which states that by 2005-2006, all students will be taught by highly qualified teachers. Each state is required to collect baseline data and set annual targets for the percentage of classes being taught by “highly qualified” teachers, as defined in Section 9101(23) of NCLB.
This school-based survey must be completed individually for each school (both Title I and non-Title I) and then electronically entered into the MEDMS database and forwarded to the Department. The survey form can be accessed in MEDMS at the Superintendent level, in the drop down field under “FORMS.” Select the action “HQT” form. NOTE: this survey is for the 2003-04 school year only (last year). Data for the 2004-05 school year will be collected at a later date.
Responses to the survey questions must pertain to the teachers’ (2003-2004) teaching assignments (last school year). Please refer to page 4 of these directions for the definition of teaching assignment. In addition, schools should report solely on teachers who provide direct instruction in the core academic areas, as defined on page 3 of this document. Only teachers with primary responsibility for direct instruction in the core content areas are required to satisfy the NCLB definition of a highly qualified teacher.
To answer the survey questions, schools should use information gathered from the highly qualified teacher identification process conducted in the spring of 2004. More information on the process can be found in the Maine Model for Identifying Highly Qualified Teachers, available at http://www.maine.gov/education/HQTP/MaineModel.pdf. Specifically, schools should refer to the Highly Qualified Teacher “Statement of Assurance” Statement Form, which was completed and signed by your teachers and a school official.
LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCIES (LEAs)
Once the forms are completed for each of your schools they must be transmitted to the Maine Department of Education. You must enter the data for each school into the MEDMS data system.
The survey is divided into four sections:
Enter data in the school section(s) that correspond to the appropriate grade levels and organization(s) of your school.
Schools that contain both elementary (self-contained) as well as middle school grades (departmentalized) must complete the B. Elementary School section for their elementary grade classes in self-contained classroom settings, as well as the C. Secondary School section for their middle grade classes in departmentalized settings. Schools that contain both middle grades and high school/vocational settings need only fill out Section C. and combine all of your class data.
Based upon the school organization options that are checked in Section A., a school will be able to enter data for a particular school according to the appropriate grade levels and school settings that are contained within that school. For instance, if A.1 (a) K – 8 (combined elementary/middle) is checked off for a school, then the school will be able to complete section B. and section C. for that school. Please see School Organization in the section below for more information regarding the organizational structures of schools.
CORE ACADEMIC SUBJECTS
HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER
More information on the process can be found in the Maine Model for Identifying Highly Qualified Teachers, available at http://www.maine.gov/education/HQTP/MaineModel.pdf. Information pertaining to the Maine HOUSSE rubrics may be found at http://www.maine.gov/education/HQTP/HOUSSE-Rubrics%20and%20Worksheets.pdf.
TEACHERS - BASIC SKILLS
TEACHERS - K-12 CONTENT SPECIALIST
TEACHERS - ESL
TITLE I. SCHOOL
CLARIFICATION OR FURTHER QUESTIONS
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