The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 requires all teachers be or become highly qualified in the core academic content area(s) they teach in accordance with the United States Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Education highly qualified teacher requirements.

Teachers who have achieved highly qualified status retain highly qualified status permanently for the teaching assignment designated on the approved highly qualified teacher forms. No teacher providing direct instruction in core content areas is grandfathered or exempt from this process.

The district shall maintain the appropriate highly qualified documentation for all teachers who provide direct instruction in core content areas. When a teacher changes teaching assignments, which requires different content expertise, additional highly qualified teacher forms must be completed and kept on file within the district. Highly qualified teacher documentation should be completed for all new teachers and for those with new teaching assignments at the beginning of each school year.

When a teacher obtains employment in a new school district, the new district must contact the previous place of employment to have the teacher’s official highly qualified teacher forms sent to the new district. A teacher hired from another State must hold New Jersey certification and must meet New Jersey’s highly qualified teacher requirements. Out-of-State teachers may provide documentation to support their highly qualified teacher status from the previous State in which they taught.

All Title I schools must send out a Right-to-Know letter in the beginning of every school year informing parent(s) or legal guardian(s) that they have the right to know the qualifications of their child’s teacher. The letter should be sent by all Title I and non-Title I districts. In addition, in all Title I schools, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of pupils whose teacher is not yet highly qualified must be notified. Copies of these letters must be kept on file in the school.

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, §1119

Adopted: 30 March 2004
Revised: September 2010