Feds reject Utah criteria for "highly qualified" elementary teachers

12/3/2004 | Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), The

The U.S. Department of Education has refused to accept Utah's definition for "highly qualified teachers" on the grounds it's too experienced-based, a move that will force more than 80% of the state's 8,500 elementary teachers to pass a test, take extra college courses or provide documentation of past training. State Director of Educator Licensing Joan Patterson said that although 95% of elementary teachers probably are qualified, the state will now have to figure out how to document their competency.

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