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No Educator Left Behind:
Qualifications for Teaching At-Risk Students

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.


Do public school teachers in programs for at-risk students need to be highly qualified?

U.S. Department of Education:

Yes. All teachers teaching core academic subjects must be highly qualified in the subjects they teach. All students, regardless of their learning environment, deserve teachers who know the subject matter well.

Read previous questions and answers in our No Educator Left Behind archive.