Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) Toolkit

Ohio will continue to require highly qualified teachers in core academic subjects in the 2016-2017 transition year as dictated by current state legislation, report card requirements and the state equity plan. Moving forward through this transition year, the department will work with stakeholders to redefine teacher qualifications in Ohio. 

Highly Qualified Teacher Reporting Requirements for 2016-2017

The 2016-2017 HQT Toolkit below will serve as a guide for Ohio’s school administrators to assist in reporting highly qualified teachers and qualified instructional paraprofessionals.

Starting in 2016-2017, intervention specialists of students eligible for the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities in Grades 7-12 will need to comply with new requirements to meet highly qualified teacher status. For more information click here

Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) Toolkit Documents

HQT Planning Requirements in the CCIP for 2016-2017

There are revisions to highly qualified teacher planning requirements for all districts called for in the state’s equitable access plan, part of the federal Excellent Educators for All Initiative approved in 2015. This initiative called for states to develop a plan to ensure that poor and minority students are not taught by unqualified, inexperienced or out-of-field teachers at higher rates than other students. 

All districts and schools must complete six highly qualified teacher items in the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP) Highly Qualified Teacher Component. Highly qualified items one, two and six, which districts have completed in the past, were due by July 1. Equity items three, four and five, which are new and will require each district to involve a local stakeholder group, are due on Sept. 30

Find more information regarding the planning requirements, see the Local Equitable Access Planning Guide posted here and in the CCIP document library. Please direct any questions to equity@education.ohio.gov

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Last Modified: 7/13/2016 9:53:02 AM