The Title I credentials have been repealed effective January 1, 2018.
On July 24, 2017, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) released the first public notice of its intent to repeal North Dakota Administrative Rule Chapter 67-11-03.1, 3.2, 3.3 thus eliminating the requirement for Title I Reading, Mathematics, and Coordinator credentials. The proposed rules were reviewed by NDDPI, public written and oral comments were collected, and a public hearing was held on October 6, 2017. These rules are now obsolete and no longer a requirement.
On December 5, 2017, the Administrative Rules Committee met and had no objection to the proposal and approved the repeal of the Title I Reading, Math, and Coordinator credentials. As a result, effective January 1, 2018 the Title I credentials are no longer required. The new, amended, or repealed administrative rules approved by the Administrative Rules Committee are now available on the NDDPI website.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) eliminates the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) provision from the previous NCLB law for teachers. Title I law now states that “all teachers in a program supported with funds under Title I must meet applicable State certification and licensure requirements”; therefore, questions on teacher qualifications should be directed to ESPB. This allows states flexibility to support educators and adequately address the local needs of districts.
It is important to note, however, the paraprofessional requirement to be highly qualified remains in federal law. Title I law requires paraprofessionals, working in a Title I program, meet higher standards of qualification, and ensures that students who need the most help receive instructional support only from qualified paraprofessionals. For more information on paraprofessional requirements, please visit the NDDPI Paraprofessional website.
We encourage all districts to work collaboratively with staff currently registered for coursework to meet plans of study already in place. Title I funds can be used to complete any coursework in progress. ESSA strongly supports effective teaching and for all students to have equitable access to quality teachers.
If you have any questions, please contact Stefanie Two Crow at (701) 328-2287.