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Title II-A: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals

HQ Subjects

  1. What are the core academic subjects defined by NCLB/HQ?

    The core academic subjects defined by NCLB/HQ, Section 9101 (11) of the ESEA, are:
    • English
    • reading/language arts
    • math, science
    • foreign languages
    • civics and government
    • economics
    • the arts (art/visual art, dance, theater, and music)
    • history
    • geography

  2. Are physical education, health, business, and instructional technology considered to be core academic subjects?

    No. The federal statute does not consider these to be core academic subjects and therefore, individuals who teach these subjects are not required to meet the Highly Qualified requirements by the federal NCLB legislation. This does not mean, however, that these subjects are any less important to the academic success of students throughout the Commonwealth. Teachers who teach these subjects must continue to meet the state's laws and regulations related to licensure and relicensure, and should continue to participate in professional development activities that strengthen their professional knowledge and skills.

Last Updated: February 23, 2011
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