COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 118

June 3, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Requirements for Highly Qualified Teachers of Special Education and Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

 

On April 20, 2005, the Virginia Board of Education granted final approval to the implementation of the attached requirements for highly qualified special education teachers and revisions to the High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) to include special education teachers. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has developed the attached question and answer document to assist school divisions with the implementation of the 2004 Individuals with Disability Act (IDEA) requirements for highly qualified teachers of special education.

 

If you have questions about the requirements or the information contained in the attachments, please do not hesitate to contact H. Douglas Cox, assistant superintendent for special education and student services, at (804) 225-3252 or Doug.Cox@doe.virginia.gov, Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, at (804) 371‑2522 or Thomas.Elliott@doe.virginia.gov, or Mrs. Patty S. Pitts, director of professional licensure, at (804) 371‑2471 or Patty.Pitts@doe.virginia.gov.

 

JLD/TAE/atb

 

Attachments

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf118a.pdf

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf118b.pdf

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf118c.pdf