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Title II-A, Teacher Quality
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), which re-authorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), places major emphasis on teacher quality as a factor in improving student achievement. The new Title II, Part A legislation focuses on preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers and principals and requires states to develop plans with annual measurable objectives that will ensure that all teachers teaching core academic subjects are “highly qualified.”  To be fully certified and “highly qualified” a teacher must meet all of the state’s certification requirements and be assigned appropriately for the field in which he or she is teaching.

In order to ensure that teachers are “highly qualified,” they are to participate in high-quality professional development. LEAs and the State will report on this measurable objective by reporting the annual increase in the percentage of teachers engaging in high quality professional development.
Under state law, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) is the state entity responsible for teacher quality and, as such, is the agency in charge of establishing and enforcing professional teaching standards and certifying and licensing teachers. The GAPSC is one of the lead agencies responsible for implementing the state’s No Child Left Behind initiatives to identify “highly qualified” teachers, working in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE).  The GAPSC provides resources and support to school systems so that state and local Title II-A goals may be met.

Mitchell County School System Title II-A and Equity plans addresses issues related to (a) identified certification deficiencies, (b) out-of-field teaching assignments, (c) equitable distribution of teachers and/or (d) other identified needs based on Title II-A goals. These plans are mandated to ensure that all teachers in the school system are “highly qualified” and that they are teaching in fields and at grade levels for which they are fully certified. A NCLB-required needs assessment and the system's local plans for addressing Title II-A requirements are part of the system's annual Educational and Secondary Act (ESEA) Consolidated Application.

Schools are required to notify parents that they may request information regarding the teacher’s professional qualifications, including the following: 
      • Whether the teacher has met the Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for certification for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
      • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which Georgia qualifications or certification criteria have been waived;
      • The college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher;
      • Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualification 

       

      Schools are required to notify parents in a letter, by standard mail,  if a child has been assigned or taught by a teacher who is not highly qualified for at least four consecutive weeks.

FY15 HiQ Teacher and Paraprofessional Percentages by Schools

HiQ Teachers

South Mitchell County Elementary School - 100%
North Mitchell County Elementary School - 100%
Mitchell County Middle School - 100%
Mitchell County High School - 100%
Baconton Community Charter School - 94.69% 

HiQ Paraprofessionals

South Mitchell County Elementary School - 100%
North Mitchell County Elementary School - 100%
Mitchell County Middle School - 100%
Mitchell County High School - 100%
Baconton Community Charter School - 100%

SYSTEM Teacher HiQ Percentage:  98.64%
SYSTEM Paraprofessional HiQ Percentage:  100%



FY16 EQUITY PLAN
MCSS Stakeholder Comment Form