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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
Alabama California Massachusetts
Arizona Michigan Nevada
California* Missouri New Hampshire
Kansas* North Carolina
Kentucky* South Carolina Existing licensing system
Maryland* Virginia Idaho
New York* Washington Illinois
North Dakota West Virginia Indiana
Ohio Nebraska
Oklahoma Student-achievement data Oregon
Tennessee Colorado (pilot program) South Dakota
Texas* Tennessee Wisconsin
*States that allow experience to count for up to 50 percent in a point system.

SOURCE: Education Week

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