COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 135

June 25, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Highly Qualified Teachers for the 2003-04 School Year

 

Superintendents Informational Memorandum Number 97, dated May 7, 2004, announced that the Board of Education approved Virginias definition of the alternate route for highly qualified teachers. The requirement that teachers must be highly qualified applies to all public schoolteachers employed by a local educational agency who teach a federal core academic subject. The term core academic subjects as defined in No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography.

 

Based on the new definition of the alternate route for highly qualified teachers approved by the board, the number of classes taught by highly qualified teachers was recalculated for each division. You may access this information based on the 2003-04 instructional personnel report through the Department of Educations Single System Web Sign-On (SSWS). The report provides the percentage and number of classes taught by highly qualified teachers in your school division and by school. This information also will be mailed next week directly to superintendents. The data for your division will be reported on Virginia School Report Cards for the 2003-04 year.

 

Virginia was required by the No Child Left Behind legislation to identify state performance targets for highly qualified teachers ensuring that all teachers who teach a federal core academic subject are highly qualified by the end of the 2005-06 school year. The goal is that schools, divisions, and the state will meet these performance targets. The performance targets for classes taught by highly qualified teachers are as follows:

 

2002-03                                                             83 percent

2003-04             85 percent

2004-05                                                              90 percent

2005-06             100 percent

 

If you have questions regarding the recalculations of the number and percent of classes taught by highly qualified teachers, please contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, (telliott@pen.k12.va.us) at 804-371-2522 or Mrs. Patty S. Pitts, director of licensure, (ppitts@pen.k12.va.us) at (804) 371-2471.

 

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