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HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS - Statute

11. Establishes effective dates.
  • Except as noted, Parts A, B and C, and Subpart 1 of Part D of IDEA 2004 take effect on July 1, 2005.
  • Section 602(10)(A) and (C)-(F) (definition of a “highly qualified” special education teacher) and Subparts 2-4 of Part D of IDEA 2004 took effect on Dec. 3, 2004 for purposes of ESEA.
[Title III, §302(a)-(b) of IDEA]


Personnel Qualifications (took effect on July 1, 2005):

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. IDEA provisions regarding highly qualified personnel went into effect when the bill was signed into law. Other portions of the law are in effect on July 1, 2005. In your view, what does this distinction convey about the importance of the highly qualified provisions in achieving the goals of IDEA 2004?


  2. IDEA 2004 aligns with the NCLB timelines for meeting the highly qualified definition. Do you know what timelines are in place? How can you find out?


Application Questions

  1. Given the emphasis on the highly qualified provisions, what kinds of public information sharing might be effective?


  2. Given the need to act on helping personnel to become highly qualified, what targeted information sharing might be effective?


    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:


    Role: National Researcher
    Location: Florida

    Role: Superintendent
    Location: Illinois

    Role: Special Education Teacher
    Location: Pennsylvania

    Role: School Division–National Related Service Provider organization
    Location: Maryland

    Role: Local Special Education Director
    Location: Connecticut

    Role: National Technical Assistance Provider
    Location: California

    Role: National Technical Assistance Provider
    Location: Colorado

    Role: Government Relations–National Related Service Provider organization
    Location: Maryland