The School District of Palm Beach County follows the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation to determine if a teacher is Highly Qualified. Under the NCLB Act, teachers in both Title 1 and non-Title 1 schools are required to meet the Highly Qualified Standards for core academic subject areas by June 30, 2006. The core academic content areas are Elementary Education; English/Language Arts; Reading; Mathematics; Science; Foreign Languages; Music; Art; Drama and Social Sciences (Political Science, History, Civics and Government, Economics and Geography).

NCLB Mandate

The NCLB Act of 2001 emphasizes the importance of teacher quality in improving student achievement. It requires that each State Education Agency develop and implement a plan to help Local Educational Agencies (School Districts) within the state ensure that all elementary school teachers are highly qualified to teach the basic elementary school curricula and that all middle and high school teachers are highly qualified to teach the core academic subject(s) for which they are certified to teach.
Pursuant to NCLB guidelines, Local Educational Agencies must provide to parents, under the "Parents Right-to-Know" requirement, timely notice of their right to request and receive information regarding the professional qualifications of their child's teachers and para-professionals. In addition, parents must be informed when their child has been assigned to, or has been taught by, a non-Highly Qualified teacher for four or more consecutive weeks.

Required Parent/Guardian Notification Under the NCLB Legislation

Parent notification is meant to encourage parent involvement and improve communication between the family and school.

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