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Innovative Ideas and Practical Suggestions for Improving the State Highly Qualified Teacher Plans: Additional Resources


Analysis of Nine States' Highly Qualified Teacher Plans
Developed by the Southwest Comprehensive Center, Analysis of Nine States' Highly Qualified Teacher Plans provides a review of the successful plan components submitted by the nine states whose plans met all six criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Education.

U.S. Department of Education Releases Results of State Plans for Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom

HQT Revised State Plans
The U.S. Department of Education has posted the Highly Qualified Teachers Revised State Plans that were submitted by each state. Also available are Word document downloads with peer reviewer comments for each state's plan.

Key policy letter and related documents from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education to the chief state school officers regarding meeting the highly qualified teacher provision—March 2006

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Partnerships for State Teacher Equity Plans (Microsoft Word)
CCSSO's State Teacher Quality Network developed a tool to help state education agencies take stock of activities currently under way in their states in order to achieve equitable distribution of teachers.

Revising State Highly Qualified Teacher Plans—Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
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NCCTQ and the U.S. Department of Education have created this document to provide answers to some of the commonly asked questions regarding the state Highly Qualified Teacher Plans.

Planning Tool to Provide Evidence of Progress Toward Equitable Teacher Distribution
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NCCTQ created this tool in March 2006 to help states complete the equitable teacher distribution requirement of their state plans. The tool also includes a discussion of the current definition of "highly qualified" and proposes a more comprehensive definition for states to consider when designing data collection efforts. This comprehensive definition includes "Qualifications Matched to Context" (QMC), which recommends situating "highly qualified" within a specific school context.

Revising the Equitable Distribution Component in Your State Plan for Highly Qualified Teachers
This revised version of the March 2006 equitable distribution data tool is focused on areas where states had most difficulty in their state plans. Although revised state plans have already been submitted, this enhanced version may continue to be useful to states as they (1) take stock of the types of data collection, analysis, and reporting procedures they currently have; (2) consider the types of data they may want to collect in the future; and (3) determine future analysis and reporting procedures.

Model Components for Revised State HQT Plans
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The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality has developed Model Components for Revised State Highly Qualified Teacher Plans to help states working to improve their Revised State HQT Plans. This document captures the components submitted by the nine states who successfully met all six criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Education.

New Online Resource Helps States With Revised State HQT Plans
HQT Tool for States streamlines access to the nine state plans that were accepted by reviewers and provides review comments. State plans can be accessed in two ways: (1) State—reports the entire state plan and reviewer comments for each state selected; or (2) Requirement—reports on each requirement, allowing the user to compare text and reviewer comments on specified requirements across selected states.


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