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The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality operates several interactive, online databases that allow users to perform customized searches and comparisons of state policies and data with regard to many teacher quality issues. Each database also includes topic-specific publications and additional resources.

Highly Qualified Special Education Teacher Requirements
Special education teacher requirements are in flux across the nation as states grapple with aligning practice and policy to meet the mandates of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004. Due to the recent clarification provided by IDEA 2004, many states have had to precede policy implementation with immediate practice to comply with federal law and deadlines. The Highly Qualified Special Education Teacher Requirements database includes state statute, administrative code, rules, and regulations to provide a more complete and accurate picture of activity surrounding this critically important issue of teacher quality.

NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher and Paraprofessional Database
This is a comprehensive database of state definitions and process for meeting NCLB highly qualified teacher and paraprofessional requirements, including the high objective uniform state standard of evaluation (HOUSSE) plans.

Teaching Quality (TQ) Source
The TQ Source is a comprehensive national source on teaching quality. It provides a multitude of resources for teaching quality issues. Currently, the TQ Source contains resources for the issues of teacher preparation, teacher recruitment and retention, certification and licensure, and accountability and advancement.


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