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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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                       Implementati​on ​Guide​           Monthly Calendar ​​​

                          Timely Announcements

Opening the In-Field Portal Monthly in SY24

Charter Waiver Codes for primary teachers in Charter or Strategic Waiver Districts who are not certified in the grade level and subject area assigned will be added to Student Class beginning in SY24. The deadline for the first upload of Student Class in SY24 is September 1, 2023. This will be an unofficial upload and will not require your Superintendent to sign off. For additional information, please refer to the In-Field Portal: Charter Waiver Codes in Student Class webinar in the GaDOE Community PL Catalog.​

Right to Know and 20 Day Notifications

The Right to Know and 20 Day Notifications are not the same and can sometimes be confusing. ​ The chart below o​utlines 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 Requirements Quick Guide ​​

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 (Updated) - (English and Spanish Translation)

​Special Education

PQ ESSA Fiscal Agent GNETS

PQ ESSA In-Field Special Education Guide​​​

​Cross Functional Monitoring

Indicator 6 CFM Docume​nt​​​​
Indicator 6 CFM Fa​ct Sh​eet​​

​​In-Field Portal

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) partners with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) to operate and maintain the in-field portal, which identifies teachers who are in-field or out of field based on data submitted to GaDOE by LEAs and a teacher’s certification. The In-Field system and its reports are updated throughout the year and are not considered finalized until the last LEA reporting cycle is received in June of each year. All in-field data is dynamic and is presented to assist GaDOE and local HR staff in their work. As part of this work, GaDOE in collaboration with GaPSC is providing technical assistance, developing new resources and reporting systems for local HR staff and school leadership to assign the most qualified educators to teach their children.GaPSC.png
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