Section 1119 of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) focuses on improving teacher quality at the local level. To achieve this goal, the act requires all teachers teaching core subject academic areas to meet specific competency and educational requirements. Teachers who meet these requirements are considered “Highly Qualified.”
Paris ISD strives to hire highly qualified teachers and each year submits a report to the Texas Education Agency. Results from each year's report is available below and in the district Annual Report.
Teachers are required to be highly qualified if they are the Teacher of Record providing direct instruction to students in any core academic subject area, including English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages (languages other than English), civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography. Highly qualified teachers must:
A paraprofessional is an employee of a local education agency who provides instructional support. Duties of a paraprofessional may include:
NCLB requires paraprofessionals performing instructional duties on a Title I, Part A Schoolwide served campus, or those that have at least part of their salary paid for by Title I, Part A on a Targeted Assistance campus, to meet the Paraprofessional Highly Qualified requirements. Highly Qualified paraprofessionals must meet one of the following requirements:
Paraprofessionals whose duties consist solely of parental involvement activities or translation services are exempt from the qualification requirement.