97.77 percent of SSISD teachers rank as ‘highly qualified’
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 14, 2006 - Sulphur Springs Independent School District  is close to meeting No Child Left Behind legislation which requires school districts ensure 100 percent of their teaching staffs are "highly qualified teachers," according to Reed.

Overall, 97.77 percent of all teachers in SSISD were considered to be highly qualified in all core subjects they teach. Only five secondary did not meet that standard as of the spring of 2006.

It's at those levels that the district has the hardest time filling openings, Assistant Superintendent Randy Reed said. He also noted that it's not always the same class slots that have to be filled, and the numbers vary depending on who leaves or retires and who applies to replace them.

"Although we are not 100 percent ..., with the number of openings there are each year, I feel we are making very good progress," he said.

�Reed said the plan to attain and maintain a 100 percent highly qualified staff by the end of the school year includes working with any teacher who may have a deficiency, and progress evaluations throughout the year.

The district will also post job openings on university and other educational web sites, and make sure new teachers have mentors the first year. 

The district is also verifying that all paraprofessionals and support staff have at least an associate's degree or pass a competency examination to meet the criteria.

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