Highly Qualified Teachers


The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act calls for having highly qualified teachers in every classroom. To be considered "highly qualified," a teacher must hold a bachelor's degree, have full certification in his or her respective state, and demonstrate proven knowledge of the subjects that he or she teaches. The NCLB Implementation Center has assembled the following list of resources highlighting tips, strategies, and advice that schools and districts can use to acquire and retain highly qualified teachers.


Meeting the NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher Provision for Middle and High School Teachers: Resources for Teachers and Administrators, 2006 (Adobe® Reader® PDF 263 KB)

"When the Plan Becomes Part of the Problem" (Adobe Reader PDF 222 KB), The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement Newsletter, March 2006

Adding the Critical Voice: A Dialogue With Practicing Teachers on Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Hard-to-Staff Schools, 2005 (Adobe Reader PDF 1.5 MB)

Building Capacity Through High-Quality Teachers: A Literature Review on Recruiting and Retaining High-Quality Teachers, 2005 (Adobe Reader PDF 464 KB)

Quick Key 8 Action Guide—"Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act: Teacher Quality Improves Student Achievement," 2005 (Adobe Reader PDF 396 KB)

Qualified Teachers for At-Risk Schools: A National Imperative, 2005 (Adobe Reader PDF 331 KB)

Teachers Off the Record: Findings from Recent Public Opinion Research, 2005< (Adobe Reader PDF 937 KB)/p>

Quick Key No. 6—"Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Teacher Quality," 2004 (Adobe Reader PDF 346 KB)

Viewpoints (Vol. 11)—"Improving Student Achievement and Teacher Effectiveness Through Scientifically Based Practices," 2004 (Adobe Reader PDF 652 KB)


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website

National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality website

No Child Left Behind Website, U.S. Department of Education

What Works Clearinghouse website

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