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The following is a news release from the Oregon Teacher Standards and Commission. If there are more details that we can provide for you, please feel free to contact us (see Contact Us).
 
 
  Additional Clarification Regarding Middle Level Highly Qualified Status
  Released: Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 5:00 PM
 
 
 
There is great confusion in the field regarding the middle level and whether or not a teacher is "highly qualified" to teach departmental assignments in a middle school. To determine if an educator is highly qualified to teach the core subject areas at the middle level please use the attached tables and go to pages 19-22 titled "Middle Level Licenses authorized by Teacher Standards & Practices Commission." Go to the column which reflects the teachers assignment and compare the educator's license to the ones listed.

Example: If the teacher's assignment is teaching English (departmentalized) at the middle school and the teacher holds an Initial, Continuing, Basic or Standard Teaching License with a language arts endorsement 020 or 027 or Language arts endorsement ML- that person is highly qualified to teach language arts in the middle school. Second Example: If the teacher's assignment is teaching earth science at the middle level and the teacher holds an Initial, Continuing, Basic or Standard Teaching License with any science endorsement, 020 or 027 or any science endorsement, ML - that person is highly qualified to teach earth science in the middle school.

However, if the educator teaches language arts or earth science (departmentalized) at the middle school and holds a Basic, Standard, Initial, or Continuing Teaching License with elementary endorsement 014, 016 or multiple subjects endorsement, ML, MDLV -contact us and we will evaluate the educator's experience and coursework to determine whether or not they are eligible for the "highly qualified" status in language arts or earth science (for example) at the middle school.

To have Teacher Standards & Practices Commission determine if an educator with an elementary 014, 016 or multiple subjects ML, MDLV is "highly qualified" to teach departmental assignments in the core subject areas at the middle school, please print out the attached quick application form.

Districts -You may send us the form listing the names, social security numbers, and the core subjects they teach at the middle level together with $10 for each educator and we will evaluate and issue a "sticker" to affix to their licenses listing the HQT areas approved or a letter telling them what additional coursework or exams they must take to become highly qualified in the areas requested. The educator may get two letters (one for approval and one for denial) if they are not deemed HQ in every area requested. The educator may apply individually for an evaluation, if preferred by sending the completed form and $10 fee.

Note: Educator's with elementary or multiple subjects- 014, 016, or ML licenses must have (one) of the following for us to evaluate for the HQT status:

•A college major in the subject area requested.

•Peer Form on file verifying three years of successful middle school teaching in the area requested.

•Passing scores on the Praxis exams in the area requested.

•Completion of subject area exams in another state.

Other subject area licenses: In some cases, the educator may not hold an elementary or multiple subjects-ML, MDLV Basic, Standard, Initial, or Continuing License but instead hold a single subject area at the ML or MDLV and teach in a different subject area at the middle school (either less than 10 hours a week or on an approved CAP). You may request evaluation of these educator's experience and coursework for HQ status in the conditionally assigned area the same as explained above for elementary or multiple subjects middle level license holders.

Finally, holders of Transitional Teaching Licenses may not be evaluated for HQ status. The educator must first qualify for the Initial or Continuing Teaching License to evaluate for the HQ status.
 

 

  Archived: October 30, 2003  [PL:100-1] 
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