ERIC Number: ED557664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-19
Maryland State Department of Education Reporting of Highly Qualified Teachers. Memorandum
Starr, Joshua P.
Montgomery County Public Schools
The federal "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001" (NCLB) legislation required school districts to ensure that all teachers of core academic subjects met the requirements to be designated highly qualified by July 1, 2006. However, because no Maryland counties were able to comply with the 100 percent highly qualified designation by July 1, 2006, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requested an extension until July 1, 2007, which was approved by the federal government. Maryland counties continue to strive toward this goal. A class is considered taught by a teacher designated highly qualified if the teacher is certified and has completed an academic major or has passed an appropriate Praxis test; completed the High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation; or holds an advanced professional certificate in the core academic subject he/she is teaching (applies to educators with experience prior to July 1, 2007). Core academic subjects are English, language arts/reading, world languages, mathematics, science, the arts, elementary and early childhood education, and social studies. This memorandum provides information regarding the number and percentage of core academic classes in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) being taught by teachers designated as highly qualified. Of the 35,743 core academic subject classes being taught by MCPS teachers as of December 1, 2013, 34,599 were being taught by teachers who are designated highly qualified, and 1,144 were being taught by teachers who are not yet designated highly qualified. Countywide, 97.8 percent of classes in the core academic area of the arts were taught by highly qualified teachers, followed by classes in English (97.7%), elementary and early childhood education (97.6%), social studies (96.8%), world languages (94.9%), science (94.5%), mathematics (94.1%), and language arts/reading (92.9%). The summary data provided in this memorandum provide the number and percent of core academic area classes being taught by teachers who have been designated highly qualified and classes being taught by teachers who have not been designated highly qualified as of December 1, 2013.
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, School Districts, Counties, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Certification, Majors (Students), State Standards, Core Curriculum, Public Schools, Early Childhood Education, English, Social Studies, Second Language Instruction, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Reading Instruction, Language Arts, Compliance (Legal), Teacher Education Programs, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Middle Schools, High Schools, Elementary Schools, Special Schools, Art Education, Music Education, Geography Instruction, Theater Arts, History Instruction, Economics Education, Political Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Montgomery County Public Schools. 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Tel: 301-309-6277; Web site: http://www.mcps.k12.md.us
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Office of the Superintendent of Schools
Identifiers - Location: Maryland
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Praxis Series