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Table 4.  Educational Level of Charter School Teachers – Phase I Data

Highest Degree Held by Charter School Teacher

Number of Charter School Teachers who are Non-HQ

Percent of Charter School Teachers who are Non-HQ

Number of Charter School Teachers who are HQ

Percent of Charter School Teachers who are HQ

Number of Charter School Teachers Holding this as Highest Degree

Unknown

43

100%

0

0%

43

AA

18

100%

0

0%

18

BA

37

8.9%

379

91.1%

416

BS

2

11.8%

15

88.2%

17

Ed. Specialist

  0 

0.0%

2

100.0%

2

MA

7

3.8%

175

96.2%

182

Doctorate

0.0%

17

100.0%

17

Grand Total

83

11.9%

612

88.1%

695

Looking at the left most column, and subtracting teachers whose highest degree was marked as “unknown” or “AA,” 634 of the 695 teachers in all charter schools identified for Title I School Improvement in 2005-06, or 91.2%, were reported as holding a bachelors degree or higher.  Charter schools have additionally reported that 612 or 88.1% of their teachers meet HQ requirements.  This is seven percentage points lower than that reported for district schools.  While this represents a significant challenge, it also helps to define the scope of the challenge to ADE, the State Board of Education and the State Board for Charter Schools as they design and implement the programs that will move all charter school, and all other teachers, to HQ status.

Building on the strengths of Arizona’s charter schools

As described in A.R.S. § 15-181, charter schools are established to provide a learning environment that will improve pupil achievement and provide additional academic choices for parents and pupils.  Charter schools are public schools that serve as alternatives to district public schools.  ADE has prioritized its HQ work with charter schools into a two pronged approach.  In the first, ADE will work to reach teachers and the charter schools employing those teachers who do not hold Bachelor’s degrees.  A second effort will be targeted toward moving charter school teachers already possessing at least a Bachelor’s degree, but are non-HQ to HQ status.  ADE will develop procedures and monitor all charter schools to assure that all new core academic teachers hired by charter schools hold at least a bachelor’s degree beginning with the 2007-08 school year.  

ADE will enter into a high profile communication outreach to charter schools regarding non-degree holding and degree holding non-HQ teachers in Arizona charter schools about avenues and opportunities available to enable them to meet HQT requirements.  ADE will also provide technical assistance to charter schools to assist in helping non-HQ teachers meet these federal requirements.  Should these efforts not be effective, ADE will consider

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