The California Department of Education (CDE) believes that the teacher is at the heart of student academic success and therefore key to closing the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their more affluent peers. Teachers who are appropriately credentialed, have a deep understanding of the content they teach, and have been trained in a variety of instructional strategies are in the best position to aid California students in reaching academic proficiency. The CDE is committed to ensuring that highly qualified, experienced, and effective teachers teach all students, regardless of ethnicity or socio-economic status. Equally the CDE is committed to ensuring that every child has the same opportunity to attend a school with an effective, experienced administrator.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires all teachers of core academic subjects to demonstrate ESEA teacher quality compliance. The federal definition of a Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) is three fold: teachers must hold at least a bachelor's degree, be appropriately licensed by the state, and demonstrate subject matter competency.
Certificate of Compliance (PDF)
To be completed for qualified teachers by trained Local Educational Agency (LEA) personnel and signed by the LEA Superintendent.
High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) Form (DOC)
Collection of assessment of qualifications and experience for "not new" teachers to determine subject-matter competency.
ESEA Teacher Requirements Resource Guide (TRRG) 2011 (DOC)
Updates and clarification of changes in federal and state requirements to meet ESEA's goal of providing all students with "highly qualified teachers." The TRRG provides practical guidance to LEAs.
Title II Compliance Monitoring Intervention and Sanctions
Resources, templates and forms related to monitoring, intervention and sanctions.
California’s Teacher Equity Plan (TEP) (DOC)
Addresses Requirement Six of the State’s Plan for Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT), written and approved by the State Board of Education (SBE) in September 2010. It reflects the steps the State is currently taking to ensure that students from low-income families and minority students are not taught at higher rates than other students by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers.
Paraprofessional Requirements for Title I Programs
ESEA requirements for paraprofessionals working in Title I programs.
Parent Information Relating to Teacher and Principal Quality
Information for parents regarding ESEA requirements for teacher and principal quality.
Educator Evaluation Systems
Information for districts, the general public, and interested parties who wish to learn more about Teacher and Principal Evaluation at the local, state, and national levels.
State and Federal Resources and Guidance
Related guidance, resources, templates, and forms for ESEA, Improving Teacher and Principal Quality.
California's Verification Process for Special Settings (VPSS) (DOC)
Outlines program requirements as established by the State Board of Education and subsequent Title 5 regulations. Process will provide advanced certification for teachers in special settings.
School Staffing Report
Provides information on HQT status and teacher and principal evaluation for each local educational agency in the state.
Regulations and Requirements
California Code of Regulations
To access the relevant section of the regulations, follow these steps:
- Browse to the above Web site.
- Select the hyperlink "Title 5. Education."
- A pop-up warning will appear. Choose the link "Continue to WebLinks."
- Expand the item "Division 1. California Department of Education."
- Then expand the item "Chapter 6. Certified Personnel."
- And, finally expand the item "Subchapter 7. "
- You will now be able to expand Article 1 through 6 to view links with information.
Sample Notifications for Title I ProgramsThe two templates for parent notifications, as required by Title II, Part A, may be modified by schools for communications with local parents.
Parents' Right to Know Letter Regarding Teacher Qualifications (DOC)
Available Translations of the Parents' Right to Know Letter Regarding Teacher Qualifications
Federal law requires that parents be notified at the beginning and/or when appropriate anytime during each year of their right to know the professional qualifications of their child's teacher(s) in core academic subject areas.
Parents' Four-Week Notice Regarding Teacher Qualifications (DOC)
Available Translations of the Parents' Four-Week Notice Regarding Teacher Qualifications
Federal law requires that parents be notified when their child has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks at any time during the school year by a teacher who has not met the High Quality Teacher Requirements set forth in ESEA.
Frequently Asked Questions
- NCLB Frequently Asked Questions for Special Education Teachers
Information on the ESEA and IDEA teacher requirements.
- FAQs: CTE Teachers Meeting ESEA HQT Compliance
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers complying with the No Child Left Behind (ESEA) requirements for Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT).
2014 Statewide HQT Roadshow: Getting a Handle on Highly Qualified CALPADS Reporting, EDMS, and Beyond
Archived video recording of a workshop presented at the San Diego County Office of Education in the spring of 2014. The workshop focuses on highly qualified teacher data reporting via the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System including common reporting errors and how to rectify them.
2014 Statewide HQT Roadshow: Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements
Archived video recording of a workshop presented at the San Diego County Office of Education in the spring of 2014. The workshop focuses on the components of the No Child Left Behind Act, Title II, Highly Qualified Teacher requirements including paperwork, processes, and procedures.