3319.074 Professional qualifications of teachers.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Core subject area" means reading and English language arts, mathematics, science, foreign language, government, economics, fine arts, history, and geography.

(2) "Fully licensed" means having successfully completed all requirements for an educator license commensurate with years of teaching experience pursuant to section 3319.22 of the Revised Code and not having had any such requirements waived on an emergency, temporary, or provisional basis.

(3) "Highly qualified teacher" means a classroom teacher who satisfies all of the following conditions:

(a) Holds a baccalaureate degree;

(b) Is fully licensed or is participating in an alternative route to licensure in which the teacher receives professional development and mentoring, teaches for not longer than three years, and demonstrates satisfactory progress toward becoming fully licensed;

(c) If teaching in grades kindergarten through six, satisfies at least one of the following:

(i) Passage of an assessment of subject matter content and professional knowledge required for licensure;

(ii) Successful completion of a graduate degree or advanced certification in the teaching assignment;

(iii) Achievement of one hundred points on the Ohio highly qualified teacher rubric developed by the Ohio department of education;

(iv) Completion of an individual professional development program approved by the applicable local professional development committee that includes ninety hours of high quality professional development incorporating grade appropriate academic subject matter knowledge, teaching skills, and state academic content standards.

(d) If teaching in grades seven through twelve, satisfies at least one of the following:

(i) Passage of an assessment of subject matter content required for licensure;

(ii) Successful completion of either an undergraduate academic major, coursework equivalent to such major, a graduate degree, or advanced certification in each subject area in which the teacher provides instruction;

(iii) Achievement of one hundred points on the Ohio highly qualified teacher rubric developed by the department;

(iv) Completion of an individual professional development program approved by the applicable local professional development committee that includes ninety hours of high quality professional development incorporating grade appropriate academic subject matter knowledge, teaching skills, and state academic content standards.

(B) No city, exempted village, local, joint vocational, or cooperative education school district shall employ any classroom teacher hired after July 1, 2002, to provide instruction in a core subject area to any student enrolled in a school that receives funds under Title I, Part A of the "Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965," 115 Stat. 1425, 20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq., unless such teacher is a highly qualified teacher.

(C) Each school district annually shall notify through a school wide publication the parent or guardian of each student enrolled in a school that receives funds under Title I, Part A of the "Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965," 115 Stat. 1425, 20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq., that the parent or guardian may request information on the professional qualifications of each classroom teacher who provides instruction to the parent's or guardian's child. The district shall provide the information on each applicable teacher to any parent or guardian who requests it. Such information shall include all of the following:

(1) Whether the teacher has satisfied all requirements for licensure adopted by the state board of education pursuant to section 3319.22 of the Revised Code for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction or whether the teacher provides instruction under a waiver of any such requirements;

(2) The major subject area in which the teacher was awarded a baccalaureate degree and, if applicable, any other degrees or certification;

(3) Whether a paraprofessional provides any services to the student and, if so, the qualifications of the paraprofessional.

Effective Date: 06-09-2004