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19 July 2012

A Clear Credential vs. HOUSSE.

The No Child Left Untested Act wants every child to have a "highly qualified" teacher.  Whether or not you believe five weeks of training will create a highly qualified teacher, it's not hard to be highly qualified.

One of the things you don't need is a full teaching credential.  In California, intern credentials - a two year credential that requires you pass a test and enroll in a credential-granting program - is enough to be highly qualified.

So teachers who have no classroom experience and no coursework in education count as highly-qualified.  This San Diego USD NCLB compliance page explains the requirements.  Basically, you need at least one hundred points to qualify, and if you can't scrape up the full hundred, you can still count as highly qualified by having a classroom observation.  This is a pretty standard worksheet for demonstrating that one can meet California's "High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation" (HOUSSE ).

In short?  Without bothering with an observation and Form 3, I can rack up several hundred points.  Being designated "highly qualified" is highly easy and requires limited qualifications.

And it definitely doesn't require a full teaching credential earned through completing coursework and cleared through observations, portfolios, and testing.

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