(Formerly Highly Qualified)
Alaska no longer requires teachers to be "Highly Qualified" per Alaska regulations and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Under NCLB, teachers had to meet the high qualification requirement which was used for out-of-field. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the current authorization of ESEA, has eliminated highly qualified. In Alaska's ESSA State Plan, the required out-of-field definition is being determined.
The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) is proposing the following definition:
Out-of-field teacher: A teacher, teaching in a subject area that they are not endorsed to teach.
As Alaska transitions to implement ESSA, teachers are encouraged to continue to demonstrate content knowledge in the subject areas that they have teaching assignments. In addition, teachers are able to add endorsements with passing scores on the endorsement-related content area exam and two years of teaching experience in the content area. This option is only available where content area exam(s) have been identified and not for elementary, reading, or special education.