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Document Number: 5319

Additional Assistance and Better Coordination Needed among Education Offices to Help States Meet the NCLBA Teacher Requirements - The Government Accountability Office investigated statesí implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) teacher quality requirements in special education. While all states demanded special education teachers hold a bachelorís degree and be certified within the state, only half require teachers to demonstrate competency in core academic subjects. The report cites confusion among state education officials about how to apply the competency requirements and a concern over lack of funding to implement structural changes. It also documents confusion over the differences between NCLB and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, specifically, which law takes precedence in special education related matters. Finally, the report suggests the U.S Department of Education clarify special education teacher requirements and that the Office of Special Education Programs become more involved in helping states meet the NCLB teacher requirements. (Government Accountability Office, July 2004)...

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