No Child Left Behind (NCLB), APPR/Teacher Evaluation, Professional Development
March 28, 2011

Fact Sheet 13: High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE)

Source: NYSUT Research and Educational Services

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NCLB requires public school teachers of core academic subjects to meet the NCLB definition of "highly qualified". This bulletin provides information on the use of HOUSSE requirements interpreted by the New York State Education Department (SED) to enable a teacher to achieve "highly qualified" status.

Most teachers will be deemed "highly qualified," as a result of the NYS teacher certification requirements. Some teachers however will need to meet alternative criteria for demonstrating subject matter competency by completing the "High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation" (HOUSSE) form. Teachers who need the HOUSSE to establish "highly qualified" status should complete the form as soon as possible and retain a copy. SED has indicated that once a teacher is "highly qualified" the teacher remains highly qualified in his/her current core academic subject teaching assignment regardless of subsequent changes to the HOUSSE requirement.


The NCLB's teacher quality requirements apply to teachers in elementary, middle and secondary schools who teach classes in "core academic subjects" and are employees of:

 school districts;

 Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES);

 charter schools;

 the State schools at Batavia and Rome; and

 Special Act School Districts defined in section 4001 of the Education Law.

The NCLB does not apply to teachers employed by approved special education private schools (commonly referred to as 853 schools), even when private schools are authorized by Section 4201 of the Education Law or approved by the Commissioner of Education to provide services to children with disabilities.

The NCLB defines "core academic subjects" as English, reading; language arts; mathematics; science; history, geography, economics, civics and government, foreign languages ("languages other than English" in NYS), and the arts (SED defines the "arts" as art, dance, music, theater including public speaking, and drama).

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