Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Highly Qualified Teachers
Effective immediately, districts are no longer required to identify and document "highly qualified teacher" (HQT) status for teachers hired after December 10, 2015. A summary of OSPI's expectations for school districts receiving federal funds under the Title II, Part A grant application during the 2015-16 school year can be found at Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Report - Analysis of 2012-2013 HQT Data
Summary of District Responses to Status of Non-highly Qualified Teacher 2013
Federal guidelines for Title I pre-schools encourage teachers to "meet the highest professional standards for teaching young children, which ideally include having earned a baccalaureate degree and received comprehensive education about child development...Well-educated, effective teachers are essential to a high-quality preschool program and the successful development and learning of young children."
Information for Principals, Teachers, and Parents
- Parents' Right to Know: Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications
Districts and schools must inform the parents of Title I, Part A students that they may request, and the district and schools will provide, certain information on the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers and paraprofessionals providing services to the child.
Department of Education FAQ D-3
What Districts and Schools Must Send Out and When