COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 90

April 20, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

The Board of Education Approved a High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) for Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Cultural Exchange Teachers

 

 

On March 29, 2007, the Virginia Board of Education approved a High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) for Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Cultural Exchange Teachers. Founded in 1987, the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) is the largest cultural exchange program in the United States for teachers and schools, with teachers from 50 nations. "Highly qualified" and experienced VIF teachers work in a number of states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, and California. Designated as an official sponsor in the U.S. State Departments Exchange Visitor Program, VIF selects highly qualified teachers and matches them with United States schools and provides comprehensive support to help ensure a rewarding experience. VIF provides teachers the professional development experience of teaching in the United States for up to three years before returning home to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the United States.

 

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires that experienced teachers must meet one of the following requirements to be designated as highly qualified:

 

(a)         passing a rigorous state academic subject matter test; or

 

(b)         completing an academic major, graduate degree, coursework equivalent to an academic major, or advanced certification or credentialing in the case of middle or secondary school teachers; or

 

(c)         using the high objective uniform state standard of evaluation (HOUSSE). The HOUSSE provides states with a method by which current teachers can demonstrate competency in each subject they teach.

 

The Board of Education initially approved Virginias HOUSSE on February 25, 2004, and it was subsequently amended on April 20, 2005, and September 27, 2006. In addition to the previously approved HOUSSE, the attached HOUSSE, including the matrix to measure a teachers subject area competence and the indicators of Virginia standards, has been approved for Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Cultural Exchange Teachers.

 

If you have any questions regarding the HOUSSE for VIF teachers, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Patty S. Pitts, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, at (804) 371-2522 or by e-mail at Patty.Pitts@doe.virginia.gov.

 

BKCJr/psp

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf090a.pdf