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APPROVE DEVELOPMENT OF SUBJECT-SPECIFIC TESTING PROGRAM

WHEREAS, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 approved by Congress and signed by President George Bush on January 6, 2002, mandates that each state will develop a plan to ensure that all elementary teachers and middle/secondary teachers of core academic subjects are highly qualified not later than the end of the 2005-2006 school year; and
 
WHEREAS, the above plan must establish annual measurable objectives for each school system and school; and
 
WHEREAS, subject-specific tests will provide a voluntary means whereby teachers may demonstrate that they are highly qualified as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001; and
 
WHEREAS, the State Board of Education approved the implementation of an Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program, effective for persons applying for certification on or after January 1, 2003; and
 
WHEREAS, the Amended Consent Decree for Allen v. State Board of Education contains provisions for implementing a subject-specific testing program:
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education authorizes the State Superintendent to initiate discussions and negotiations with the plaintiff parties in Allen v. State Board of Education in order to move as expeditiously as possible toward the implementation of the regulations for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and toward the development of subject-specific tests for use in the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program; and
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Providing the discussions and negotiations are successful, that the State Board of Education authorizes the State Superintendent to pursue the development of subject-specific tests for use in the implementation of the regulations for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and for use in the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program.