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Archived Articles - October 2004

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Conditional, Transitional, and Targeted Needs Certificates and NCLB “Highly Qualified” Teachers

“Highly Qualified Teacher”, Data Survey Due To The Department By October 15, 2004.

Archived Articles - September 2004

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Information For Superintendents on Reporting “HQ” Data to MDOE

Archived Articles - July-August 2004

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Reminder to Title I Schools/Programs Regarding Fall  Parent Notification Obligations under NCLB

Information For Superintendents on Reporting “ HQTP” Data to MDOE

Revised List of NCLB Maine Small Rural School Districts-July 2004

Error Correction on HOUSSE Rubric #3

Foreign Language Teachers Take Note (ACTFL or PRAXIS II)


Reminder to Title I Schools/Programs Regarding Fall
     Parent Notification Obligations under NCLB

Read about the required notifications in Guidance for Maine School Administrators which is available here (sample letters to parents are included:

http://www.maine.gov/education/HQTP/forms.htm#admin

Samples of letters for parents are available separately here:

http://www.maine.gov/education/HQTP/forms.htm#samples

Information For Superintendents on Reporting  “HQ” Data to MDOE

In April of this year the Commissioner requested that Superintendents collect baseline data on their teachers’ “Highly Qualified” status and report to the Department of Education by July 1, 2004. Please hold on to this data until further notice as the U.S. Department of Education is currently finalizing the guidance on how they want the data organized/reported. The Commissioner will request your report later this month (July), as soon as the Department is in receipt of finalized guidance for the US Department of Education.

Revised List of NCLB Maine Small Rural School Districts July 2004

See the list here:

http://www.maine.gov/education/HQTP/forms.htm#rural

Error Correction on HOUSSE Rubric #3

Note that in HOUSSE rubric #3 Column B. No. 5 should allot ten (10) points for passing the National Teacher Exam. Three (3) points were inadvertently placed in that column. The correct amount is ten (10) points.

See the revised Rubric and related worksheets here:

http://www.maine.gov/education/HQTP/forms.htm#rubric

Foreign Language Teachers Take Note (ACTFL or PRAXIS II)

The No Child Left Behind Act provisions surrounding “Highly Qualified” teachers allow for teachers to meet the federal 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 PRXIS II content assessment, if taking an assessment is their choice for demonstrating subject matter competency to meet the federal “Highly Qualified Teacher” standards. 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 form can be found within The Maine Model for Identifying "Highly Qualified" Teachers which can be accessed at:

http://www.maine.gov/education/HQTP/forms.htm#model

Archived Articles - September 2004

Information For Superintendents on Reporting “HQ” Data to MDOE

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9/14/04 - The Department has recently received guidance from the US Department of Education on how they would like states to report their “Highly Qualified Teacher” Data. We are currently in the process of taking this guidance and finalizing a user-friendly survey to be filled out at the building level by principals.

As soon as this survey is finalized, an informational letter from the Commissioner to Superintendents, Principals, and Directors will be sent out with detailed instructions on how to forward the “Highly Qualified Teacher” data that was collected last spring for the 2003-2004 school year.

Archived Articles - October 2004

“Highly Qualified Teacher”, Data Survey Due To The Department By October 15, 2004.

10/01/04 -The “Highly Qualified Teacher” (HQT) Survey is now completed and is web-enabled through the MEDMS database. The data surveys are based at the school level and need to be individually completed for every school in your district (both Title I schools and non Title I schools). In order to facilitate the Department’s reporting to the U.S. Department of Education, the commissioner asks that this data be submitted for each school in your district via MEDMS, no later than Friday October 15, 2004.

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.

Please see Informational Letter #44 from Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner of Education for the full text.  Printable PDF (read only) versions of the actual "HQT" data survey and the survey directions are available at: http://www.maine.gov/education/HQTP/forms.htm

Conditional, Transitional, and Targeted Needs Certificates and NCLB “Highly Qualified” Teachers

10-20-04 - Is it Possible for someone who is not “fully certified” to meet the No Child Left Behind Act, “Highly Qualified” Teacher requirements?

Yes, if all of the following provisions are met:

  • They must have a major in the content assigned or a minimum of 24 credit hours, or an advanced degree in the content, or pass the appropriate PRAXIS II content test

AND

  • Be “enrolled” in an alternative route to certification program working toward full certification

AND

  • Be provided with a rigorous and comprehensive support and mentoring program by the school and/or school district.

If all of the provisions above are met, a teacher can be considered “Highly Qualified” even though they do not yet hold full state certification.

To document that the teacher meets the “HQT” requirements under this provision the teacher and “HQT” Official should fill out the “Statement of Assurance”, “Plan to Become Fully Certified”, and “Verification Forms” and clearly mark on each form that the teacher meets the “HQT” requirements because “they meet the content knowledge requirement, are enrolled in an alternative route to certification, and are being provided with a rigorous and comprehensive support and mentoring program.”  (Download this article as a PDF file)