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Arizona’s response to the Peer Review request for additional evidence

ADE submitted its Revised Highly Qualified Teachers Plan to the United States Department of Education (USDE) on July 7, 2006.  Arizona’s state plan was reviewed by a Peer Review Panel that concluded the plan as submitted did not provide sufficient evidence in some areas to ensure that Arizona would reach the goal of having all classes in core academic subjects taught by highly qualified teachers, and that poor and minority children would be taught at the same rates as other children, by highly qualified and experienced teachers.

This report is Arizona’s response to the request of USDE for additional evidence in each area in which the Peer Reviewers believed Arizona’s plan of July 7, 2006 did not provide sufficient evidence.   ADE has not included in this response, restatements of the evidence provided and previously found by the Peer Review Panel to be sufficient.   We look forward to USDE’s review and guidance related to these revisions.

HQT Requirement 1

The revised plan must provide a detailed analysis of the core academic subject classes in the State that are currently not being taught by highly qualified teachers.  The analysis must, in particular, address schools that are not making adequate yearly progress and whether or not these schools have more acute needs than do other schools in attracting highly qualified teachers.  The analysis must also identify the districts and schools around the State where significant numbers of teachers do not meet HQT standards, and examine whether or not there are particular hard-to-staff courses frequently taught by non-highly qualified teachers.  

1a) Does the revised plan include an analysis of classes taught by teachers who are not highly qualified?  Is the analysis based on accurate classroom level data?

District self reported data

The data in Table 1 below is a compilation of the High Qualified Teacher (HQT) data reported to ADE from self reports completed by all Arizona School Districts and submitted to USDE for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 school years.   These reports were not pre-populated with data from ADE.  All districts hand compiled the information.

Districts reported that in the 2003-04 school year: 3.9% overall; 1.5% of all elementary core academic classes; and 5.6% of all secondary core academic classes were taught by non-Highly Qualified (HQ) teachers.  For the 2004-05 school years, 5.1% of all classes in combined elementary and secondary school; 2.5% in elementary; and 6.8% of all secondary classes were taught by non-HQ.  This is a 1.2% increase in the percentage of all classes taught by non-HQ from that reported by districts in 2003-04; a 1.0% increase in the percentage of elementary classes taught by non-HQ; and a 1.2% increase at the secondary level.   

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