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 Professional Qualifications and Related Reporting Requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (2015)


​Under the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, Highly Qualified (HiQ) is no longer required or reported to the United States Department of Education (USDE). Instead, ESSA, under Title I, Part A, says that 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). In Georgia, professional qualification requirements apply to all teachers in all local education agencies.

In addition, ESSA requires SEAs to report information on the qualifications of teachers including out-of-field. In Georgia, this is done at the close of each school year and is based on data submitted by LEAs (CPI, Teacher Course, Student Record) as cross-referenced with GaPSC certification records. In Georgia, out-of-field is determined using the GaPSC's in-field requirements as listed in the Certification/ Curriculum Assignment Policies System (CAPS). If certification is waived, teachers may meet in-field requirements using equivalent qualifications (degree, coursework, or content area assessment).

For more detailed information about professional qualifications and reporting requirements, please use the resources below.

RESOURCES

Overview Documents

 

Guidance Documents

 

For Charter LEAs Waiving FY18 CLIP

 

Sample Notification Documents

FY18 Sample: Parents Right to Know Notification - English and Spanish translation​​​ (11.21.17)
FY18 Sample: 20 Day Notification - English and Spanish translation​​​ (11.21.17)​
 

In-Field Portal

GaPSC Portal Login Page (Login/ Password Required)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Questions?

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 Related Pages

 
 

 Contacts

 

General Questions
professionalqualifications@doe.k12.ga.us

 

Carly Covic Ambler, Program Manager
Phone: 404-623-9599
Email: cambler@doe.k12.ga.us

 

TBD
Phone:
Email:

RESA Regions - Central Savannah, First District

 

Pam Daniels
Phone: 404-290-7577
Email: pdaniels@doe.k12.ga.us

RESA Regions - Pioneer, Northeast GA, Oconee

 
TBD
Phone: 404-290-8763
Email: 
RESA Regions - Chattahoochee-Flint, Southwest GA 

 

Dana Golowich
Phone: 404-556-2876
Email: dirwin@doe.k12.ga.us
RESA Regions - Metro
 
Chris Leonard
Phone: 404-561-4888
Email: cleonard@doe.k12.ga.us
RESA Regions - Middle GA, West GA, Griffin

 

Greg Petersen
Phone: 404-291-9714
Email: gpetersen@doe.k12.ga.us

RESA Regions - North GA, Northwest GA, State Schools, DJJ, DOC

 

Terri Still
Phone: 404-561-3876
Email: tstill@doe.k12.ga.us

RESA Regions - Coastal Plains, Okefenokee, Heart of Georgia