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May 13, 2003

State Board Defers Action on Highly Qualified Teachers

The State Board of Education voted May 13 to defer action on the proposed "Illinois Criteria for Meeting NCLB Requirements for Highly Qualified Teachers" until the June meeting. This will give Board members and the public additional time to consider the proposal and for the Board's Education Policy and Planning Committee to formally discuss the issues and prepare a recommendation to the Board.

During the discussion of this topic, the Superintendent indicated that he wanted to amend the proposed criteria to reflect his recommendation that, pending further guidance from the federal government, the Board should defer any action that would establish new requirements for special education teachers. On the basis of this recommendation, the draft proposal (see attached proposal dated May 14, 2003) has been revised to indicate that both current and new special education teachers who meet the existing special education certification requirements will be considered highly qualified.

The State Board informally authorized staff to proceed with the survey needed to collect baseline data for the 2002-2003 school year.

Comments on the attached proposal should be sent to ( no later than May 30, 2003. Information about the next State Board discussions on this proposal will be provided on the website as it becomes available.

PDF File Download or View an Adobe Acrobat PDF document with the Illinois Criteria for Meeting the NCLB Requirements for Highly Qualified Teachers.

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Illinois State Board of Education
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Springfield, IL 62777