CWCS NCLB/ESEA Highly Qualified Teachers
No Child Left Behind
Under NCLB/ESEA our students not only need to make Adequate Yearly Progress which is determined by the CST STAR results but all students must be provided with highly qualified teachers. For us this means that the teacher of record must be qualified to teach the student in the particular subject area or while teaching the student must also have another teacher help the student. This is challenging for us but doable with our development of Core Departments and Department ESs.
NCLB/ESEA Core Academic Subjects for
The core academic subjects for California are:
-English/Language Arts, Reading- including reading interventions and CAHSEE English classes
-Mathematics- including reading interventions and CAHSEE Math classes
-Science: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, Physics
-Social Sciences: US and World History, Government, Economics, Geography
-Foreign languages(specific-French, English, German, etc)
-Drama/Theater (English credential)
-Dance (Physical Education credential).
Every student taking
one of these core courses must receive access and oversight by a person who
is highly qualified in that specific core subject area. The purpose of
the federally mandated Highly Qualified Teacher requirement is to provide
quality instruction by an expert in the field to the student. Studies have
shown that students learn more when they are taught by a teacher who is an
“expert”. So we must provide access to HQTs to all of our students.
The purpose of the federally mandated Highly Qualified Teacher requirement is to provide quality instruction by an expert in the field to the student. Studies have shown that students learn more when they are taught by a teacher who is an “expert”. So we must provide access to HQTs to all of our students.
This can be accomplished by the student
- taking courses through an online vendor with teacher interaction. (See a-g notice below*)
- taking courses at a Learning Center with a highly qualified teacher (HQT).
- taking a class at a junior college.
- having a highly qualified tutor.
- enrolling in one of our CWCS HQT Moodle/Elluminate Courses. Courses and Pacing Guides/Syllabi are posted on a password protected website.The password for this link is found FRED. The courses use Moodle and Elluminate.
- enrolling in one of our CWCS HQT Individual Access Courses. Courses and Pacing Guides/Syllabi are posted on a password protected website.The password for this link is found FRED.
-enrolling in HQT Non-Online Course. See a-g notice below*
*UC Guidelines for a-g Courses:
New UC guidelines regarding a-g courses require a student to take proctored exams.These guidelines may reduce the number of service vendors that will be able to provide a-g HQT access. Here are the department a-g oversight requirements for employees and approved a-g vendors: English, Math, Science, Social Science, Visual & Performing Arts.
We have been informed by UC that we can provide a list of approved online vendors to choose from for the 09-10 school year as a transition to their new guidelines. After June 2010, we will only be able to use online vendors that have been approved by UC directly. Here is the list of online a-g vendors.
Department Guidelines for General Courses:
Here are the department HQT general oversight requirements for employees and approved vendors: English, Math, Science, Social Science, Visual & Performing Arts.
Is the ES considered an HQT? ESes with multiple subject credentials may serve as HQT for students K-8 (except Alg. 1 and above). If an ES has only a multiple subject credential, (no other authorizations through HOUSSE I or II), they may serve secondary students (9-12) but must also provide the secondary students access to a HQT in the subject areas that NCLB requires.
Student Agreements: An additional page will be added to the Student Agreement with the signatures of any HQT/ HQ CP Instructor who has been or will be providing educational content/grades/credits to your students that are taking CWCS Moodle/Elluminate. or High School level courses. A signed addendum for each student receiving additional assistance each semester will be printed from FRED by the HQTs and sent by the HQT to the school office..
The ES must document in the student's learning records, how the requirements for HQT are being met. See HQT Learning Record Documentation for details.
CAHSEE: For students that have not yet passed the CAHSEE, choices must be made from CWCS CAHSEE prep tutors and online courses.
NCLB/ESEA and HQT requirements, the HQT is required to assign the grades and credits
to the student. The HQT assigns 100% of the grade and will send the final
grade to the ES for the student's report card.
For CWCS HQT Moodle/Elluminate Courses, the Grading is as follows: Grading-25% from ES/parent progress report, 25% attendance (monthly Access contact must be online), 25% portfolio/projects/quizzes, and 25% assessment.
The final grade is assigned by the CWCS Moodle/Elluminate HQT based on the above breakdown. Please note that the ES submits a quarterly progress report which is considered in the determination of the final grade. Parents may check their student’s progress at any time through Moodle’s Gradebook using their student's log-in.
Course Level Placement: ESs should use the Individual Learning Plan Checklist and the Course Placement Checklist to help determine the appropriate course level for their students. All levels of students may be enrolled in the same HQT class, but some students may need extra support in order to keep up. Lower level (Basic/ General) students may use the interactive texts or handbooks, where as a-g students will use the text and the a-g assignments found in the a-g course list to complete any a-g requirements that are in addition to the HQT coursework.
The truancy policy applies to Contract Programs courses (including CWCS HQT Moodle/Elluminate courses). An unexcused absence will be counted as a truancy.
-Excused Absence is defined as :
The parent shall notify the teacher by phone of the absence at least 24 hours* prior to the time the class meets.
-Unexcused Absence is defined as:
An absence that does not accompany a parent phone call to the instructor at least 24 hours* prior to the time the class meets.
Truancy notification: The CP instructor will email the ES and the parent on the same day that the unexcused absence occurred to notify them that the student was unexcused and therefore truant. After consulting with their ES Advisor, if the unexcused absence constitutes a truancy, the ES must follow the truancy policy and mail the truancy letter within 24 hours of the date that the email was sent.
*If there are extenuating circumstances that do not allow for at least 24 hours, then the teacher must still be notified prior to the start of class; allowances may be made depending on the circumstances. Examples of extenuating circumstances: car accident, sudden illness, etc. Students should arrange a "back up plan" in case of unexpected computer problems the day of the class (i.e. make pre-arrangements to go to a neighbor, friend, relative, library, etc.)
Making up a missed class session: To earn attendance credit, a student who is absent-- excused or unexcused-- MUST complete their assigned make-up work within 48 hours of the regularly scheduled class meeting for site based class. For online class, the student will view recording of class session missed and complete summary, take a quiz, or whatever the HQT assigns. Attendance credit will be granted by the instructor based on the quality of the make-up work.
(The CWCS HQT for the Moodle/Elluminate Courses will post a work number and email on Moodle. If student is unable to get on line, then they should contact the teacher of class the same day of the session; The student will tell the teacher why they couldn't get into the session; if it is a technical issue the HQT will email firstname.lastname@example.org to troubleshot the problem who will provide help for the student).
All ES Required Duties :
* Remind your parents/students: They must attend a required Parent Moodle Training. They should check Moodle weekly for each of their courses for announcements, changes in class meeting dates or changes in due dates for students’ assignments.*Initiate contact HQT at the beginning of the year to be sure they have your correct e-mail address and work phone number, and to be sure they have a current number where your student can be reached if necessary.*Read and print for reference the class syllabus.*Grade daily work assignments: done by parent or ES (if AESS)*Sign off and date class assignment sheet on syllabus at each learning record meeting, and keep for records.*Create and send quarterly progress report in FRED (dates in CW Yearly Paperwork timetable) HQT Progress Reports are created and sent in FRED for HQT Elluminate Department Courses.*Contact HQT if student is dropping the course, or having any difficulties.
(all new ESs must enroll in Moodle for ESes and take the online training class)
See HQT Q&As for more information.