A statement of support

A statement to students from the Office of the Dean

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Highly Qualified Teacher

State Classroom Assignment Policy

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) on December 10, 2015.

  • NCLB defined and required teachers to be "Highly Qualified." There is no definition of or requirement for "Highly Qualified Teacher" in the ESSA.  
  • Districts are no longer required to identify and document "highly qualified teacher" (HQT) status for teachers hired after December 10, 2015.
  • Moving forward, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will continue to monitor teacher qualifications through the Title II, Part A office and collect data about the certification, endorsements, teaching assignments, and years of experience.

Federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires that teachers assigned to teach students with special needs:

  • Have a bachelor's degree and either be certificated in special education or hold a special education license in Washington. These requirements cannot be waived.


Additional Resources

Woodring Add-on Endorsements for Teachers

Woodring Office of Certification & Accreditation