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No Educator Left Behind:
Subject Area Competency

No Educator Left Behind is a series providing answers from the U.S. Department of Education to questions about the federal No Child Left Behind Act and how it will affect educators. If you have a question about No Child Left Behind, send an e-mail to Ellen Delisio, and we will submit your question to the Department of Education.


Can a teacher demonstrate subject-area competency in more than one subject -- such as civics and government or chemistry and physics -- by passing a single test?

U.S. Department of Education:

Under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, a state can assess subject-matter competency through a single test that covers more than one specialty area. In order to determine whether a teacher who passes such a test is highly qualified in all the subjects the test covers, the state would have to ensure (as it would for a single-subject test) that the test questions adequately cover each subject's content area and that the teacher has successfully answered an adequate subset of those questions.

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