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DCPS Licensure and "Highly Qualified" Compliance

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

OSSE is the licensing agency for all DC educators, including DCPS employees. Employee Services monitors licensure status and messages employees of their current licensure status. In compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) highly qualified regulations, we also assist parents with requests to know the professional qualifications of classroom staff.

Questions regarding specific licensure requirements and individualized application concerns should be directed to their office at (202) 741-5881 or to their website, osse.dc.gov.

Licensure Distribution/Renewal Process

Current employees who would like to apply for a new or renewed license should work directly with OSSE, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Licensure application information can be found on their website at osse.dc.gov or contact their office at (202) 741-5881.

OSSE requires that an individual applying for licensure demonstrate that they have cleared the background check within the last 2 years through the DCPS fingerprinting process. OSSE is provided clearance information automatically and electronically for those individuals that meet this requirement.   If it has been more than 2 years since the fingerprints were last taken, the employee must report to School Security at Central Office to have new fingerprints taken. Once the new fingerprints have been cleared by the FBI, the results will then be sent to OSSE automatically and electronically. Non-employees may also submit a licensure application to OSSE, but they must complete a background search independently.

Parents’ Right to Know

NCLB Parent Right to Know Request

Under the No Child Left Behind Act a parent has the right to know the following information:

  • The qualifications of the school staff providing instruction to their child.
  • Whether their child has been assigned to or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher of a core academic subject who is not highly qualified.

Upon the parents request we will provide the following information:

  • Whether the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
  • The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and if so their qualifications.

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