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 Professional Qualifications & ESSA In-Field Reporting

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Under ESSA, Title I, Part A, the state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) must ensure teachers meet applicable state certification requirements. In Georgia, under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.), state certification requirements are established by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). However, Georgia law also allows LEAs to waive certification requirements in Title 20 if the LEA has an approved Charter or Strategic Waiver Application. LEAs that waive state certification must establish professional qualifications (PQ) for their teachers and report the requirements in their annual ESSA application - the Consolidated LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP). Professional qualification requirements apply to all teachers in all local education agencies. If certification is waived, teachers may meet in-field requirements using equivalent qualifications (degree, coursework, or content area assessment). ESSA also requires SEAs and LEAs to report annually the qualifications of teachers including those teachers who are out-of-field. ​

​PQ and In-Field Documents

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                       Implementation Guide           Monthly Calendar 

                          Timely Announcements

Right to Know and 20 Day Notifications Spotlight

It is that time of year again for Right to Know and 20 Day Notifications to be completed for the beginning of school. Sometimes these notifications are confusing. The chart below outlines the differences. For notification requirements, sample notifications and best practices, see the Overview Documents section. 


​Overview Documents 

​​Pr​ofes​​sional Qualific​ations & In-Field

C​ha​rter Wavier Codes Quick Guide

In-Field Reporting Quick Guide​

In-Field Reports Step by Step Guide

PQ and In-Field Decision Guide

PQ Reference Guide(NEW)

PQ Quick Guide

Data Colle​​ctions

Summary of Collection Dates​​​​​

CPI Data Element Detail​

Student Class Delivery Models 

Student Class Date Element Detail

Student Record Data Eleme​nt Detail​

Right to Know

Parents Right to Know Q​uick Guide​​​

Parents Right to Know Notification - (English & Spanish Translation​​​)​

​20 Day Notifications​

20 Day Notification Quick Guide

20 Day Notification Decision Guide

20 Day Notification Guidance​​

20 Day Notification (Updated) - (English and Spanish Translation)

​Special Education

PQ ESSA Fiscal Agent GNETS

PQ ESSA In-Field Special Education Guide​​​

​Cross Functional Monitoring

Indicator 7 CFM Document​​​
Indicator 7 CFM Fa​ct Sheet​

​​In-Field Portal

The Georgia Department of Education partners with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to operate and maintain the in-field portal which identifies teachers who are in-field or out of field.GaPSC.png
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In-Field Navigation Guides