Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, schools and teachers will only need to meet state requirements for certification. The federal term of “highly qualified teacher status” will no longer apply. It is important to note that all state certification requirements adopted in State Board for Educator Certification rule remain in place.
A copy of a To the Administrator Addressed letter from the commissioner of education can be found on the TEA website http://tea.texas.gov/ under The Latest TEA News, then “online correspondence” (March 8, 2016). Paraprofessionals must still meet the highly qualified requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for the 2016-17 school year.
Requirements for Highly Qualified Paraprofessionals
The following reports are available for review:
Highly Qualified Teacher Reports by state, region, district, or campus
This report includes information about
high-poverty and low-poverty districts. It covers the beginning and end-of-year reports on state, regional, and local progress toward highly qualified teacher compliance.