Highly Qualified Transition

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law on December 10, 2015. One change made by ESSA was the elimination of the Highly Qualified Teacher provision. Although the provision has been eliminated, teachers and paraprofessionals must still meet Minnesota requirements.

Minnesota Teacher Licensure Requirements
All active Minnesota teachers must hold a valid Minnesota teaching license and/or special permission, as defined by Minnesota licensing statutes and Minnesota licensure rules (Types of Licenses Issued and Issuing Agency Including Special Permissions), and be teaching within the assignment and grade range of the valid license and/or special permission. Districts and charter schools are responsible for ensuring compliance with licensure requirements. The STAR data submissions and subsequent reports will assist districts and charter schools in determining licensure discrepancies and any need for corrective action.

Paraprofessional Requirements
Although the term Highly Qualified has been eliminated, requirements for professional standards for paraprofessionals remain the same as under No Child Left Behind for the 2016-2017 school year. Paraprofessional requirements will be included in MDE’s ESSA planning and state plan submission for 2017-18. Current requirements can be found in the Requirements for Paraprofessionals in a Title I Program.

January 1, 2018—Educator Licensing and Board of Teaching will merge into the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. Get details here.

Teacher licensure transition information can be found on the Minnesota Board of Teaching website.