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Verification Process for Teachers in Special Settings

San Diego County VPSS Structure

VPSS is no longer offered by SDCOE. Please read below:‚Äč

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has been replaced with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Because of ESSA, Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) has been eliminated from the new law.

Under the ESSA, states are not required to implement Section 1119 (HQT) of the NCLB. Teachers may be assigned solely based on state certification and licensure criteria. Therefore, teachers are legally assigned so long as the assignment has been based upon the issuance of a California license or certificate, including the use of California Education Code options and permits that allow teachers to teach outside of their certification area. (Full letter available at this link: