States have chosen a variety of means to award "highly qualified" status to veteran teachers who do not want to take a test or pursue a college major in the subjects they teach. Below is a breakdown of approaches to what is called a "high, objective, uniform state standard of evaluation," or HOUSSE. Not all states are represented, and some have more than one approach.
|Point system||Classroom observation or portfolio of teacher's work, or a combination||Professional-developement requirements|
|Kentucky*||South Carolina||Existing licensing system|
|North Dakota||West Virginia||Indiana|
|Tennessee||Colorado (pilot program)||South Dakota|
|*States that allow experience to count for up to 50 percent in a point system.|
SOURCE: Education Week
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