‘Highly qualified’ is a long way away
Only 54 percent on middle and high school teachers were “highly qualified” to teach their subjects in 2000, by the standards of the federal No Child Left Behind law. by 2005.
Nearly half of the nation’s middle and high school teachers were not highly qualified to teach their topics in 2000, a report to Congress says.
Federal law defines highly qualified teachers as those who hold a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college, have state certification and demonstrate competence in the subject they teach.
The 2002 law requires that by the school year beginning in 2005, there must be highly qualified teachers in every class for core subjects, including English, math, science and history.
Meeting that deadline is “going to be challenging. It’s going to be tough,” Education Secretary Rod Paige said Tuesday. “But it’s necessary, and it’s going to be done.”
It will not be done. It can’t be done. Not unless “highly qualified” is redefined as “having a pulse.”