The section on teacher qualifications contains percentages for “certified” teachers and “highly qualified teachers. What is the difference?

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The section on teacher qualifications contains percentages for “certified” teachers and “highly qualified teachers. What is the difference?

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Being certified to teach, and being “highly qualified” to teach are two different standards used to describe the background and preparation of teachers working in the district. Certification addresses whether or not a teacher has met Massachusetts’ requirements to hold a teaching license. “Highly qualified” asks whether or not a teacher possesses a Massachusetts license and has demonstrated subject matter competency in the core subject he/she teaches. For more information about teacher quality in Massachusetts, please visit the website for Title II-A: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals, at http://www.doe.mass.edu/nclb/hq.

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