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sanctions on the same timelines and in the same circumstances as those employed with teachers in, and district schools that, do not meet the NCLB HQT requirements.

The State Board for Charter Schools, as an authorizer of charter schools, but not the SEA responsible for monitoring compliance with NCLB, has worked to collect and incorporate NCLB HQT information into its processes.  This includes:

1.

Technical Assistance to Charter Schools

a.

Inclusion of the Highly Qualified Professionals Section of the Academic Achievement Division of the Arizona Department of Education as presenters at the annual New Operator Workshop;

b.

Promoting and hosting specific HQT informational meetings for charter schools presented by the Highly Qualified Professionals Section;

c.

Facilitating communication between the Arizona Charter Schools Association and the Highly Qualified Professionals Section;  

d.

Including HQT collection and reporting documents in the First Year Site Visit technical assistance packet; and

e.

Participating in HQT charter school monitoring conducted by the Highly Qualified Professionals Section.

2.

Application

The application for a charter school sponsored by the State Board for Charter Schools has been revised each year to support the timeframes for HQT in the charter school classrooms.  The application instructions provide for a Personnel Plan as part of the overall Business Plan.  In that plan, the applicant is required to provide:

a.

What personnel will be needed

i.

Quantity and Title

ii.

Qualifications

iii.

Compensation

b.

Plans for recruiting, hiring, and training

Additionally, there is a scoring section related directly to the qualifications of the instructional staff and the school’s compliance with hiring highly qualified teachers.  As shown below, the scoring criteria have evolved over time to support a charter’s full compliance with HQT.  

Application Year

Scoring Criteria (HQT specific)

2007-08

Description of qualifications for instructional staff identified aligns with the program of instruction described and with NCLB Highly Qualified criteria for required personnel.

2006-07

Description of duties and qualifications for instructional staff identified aligns with NCLB Highly Qualified criteria for required personnel within the timeframe required by law.

2005-06

Description of duties and qualifications for instructional staff identified aligns with NCLB Highly Qualified criteria for required personnel within the

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