DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 90
April 20, 2007
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Board of Education Approved a
On March 29, 2007, the
Virginia Board of Education approved a High Objective Uniform State Standard of
Evaluation (HOUSSE) for Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Cultural Exchange
Teachers. Founded in 1987, the Visiting
International Faculty (VIF) is the largest cultural exchange program in the
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires that experienced teachers must meet one of the following requirements to be designated as highly qualified:
(a) passing a rigorous state academic subject matter test; or
(b) completing an academic major, graduate degree, coursework equivalent to an academic major, or advanced certification or credentialing in the case of middle or secondary school teachers; or
(c) using the high objective uniform state standard of evaluation (HOUSSE). The HOUSSE provides states with a method by which current teachers can demonstrate competency in each subject they teach.
The Board of Education initially approved
If you have any questions regarding the HOUSSE for VIF teachers, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Patty S. Pitts, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, at (804) 371-2522 or by e-mail at Patty.Pitts@doe.virginia.gov.