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For the response to this question, please see pages 22 to26 of the attached Arizona HQT Equity Plan.

4d) Consistent with ESEA §2141, does the plan include technical assistance or corrective actions that the SEA will apply if LEAs fail to meet HQT and AYP goals?

Based on LEA reports submitted under Section 1119(b), if an LEA fails to meet HQT and AYP goals, the following will occur:

1. An LEA that fails to make progress toward meeting its annual measurable objectives for two consecutive years must develop an improvement plan that will assist them in meeting the objectives that they were prevented from meeting.  ADE will provide technical assistance to enable the LEA’s and schools to meet their annual measurable objectives.

2. An LEA that fails to make AYP for three consecutive years and has failed for three years to make progress toward meeting its annual measurable objectives must enter into an agreement on the use of the Title II, Part A funds under which ADE will:

a. Develop professional development strategies and activities based on scientifically based research to assist the LEA, its teachers and principals in meeting the annual measurable objectives for improving teacher quality;

b. Require the LEA to use these professional development strategies and activities; and

c. Prohibit LEAs from using Title I, Part A funds to fund any new paraprofessionals, except under certain limited instances.

Requirement 5

The revised plan must explain how and when the SEA will complete the HOUSSE process for teachers not new to the profession who were hired prior to the end of the 2005-06 school year, and how the SEA will discontinue the use of HOUSSE procedures for teachers hired after the end of the 2005-06 school year (except for the situations described below).

5a) Does the plan describe how and when the SEA will complete the HOUSSE process for all teachers not new to the profession who were hired before the end of the 2005-06 school year?

Effective July 1, 2007, the HOUSSE will be available on a limited basis (as described in 5b below).  Arizona will respond promptly in the event that the U.S. Department of Education issues future guidance requiring changes in the above policy.  

5b) Does the plan describe how the State will discontinue the use of HOUSSE after the end of the 2005-06 school year, except in the following situations:

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Multi-subject secondary teachers in rural schools who, if HQ in one subject at the time of hire, may use HOUSSE to demonstrate competence in additional subjects within three years of the date of hire; or

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