High school science classes that are taught by a highly qualified teacher

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Definitions: Includes the percentage of secondary science courses taught by a “Highly Qualified Teacher” (HQT). The federal definition of a “Highly Qualified Teacher” is threefold: teachers must (1) hold at least a bachelor’s degree, (2) be appropriately licensed by the state and (3) demonstrate subject matter competency.

Data Source: Children Now analysis of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Core and Compliant Classes by Subject Area, 2008-09 and 2011-12, from California Department of Education, DataQuest, (May 2014).

Footnotes: Data for 2009-10 not available.