Beginning with the 2006–07 school year, all teachers assigned to teach core academic subjects in Title I funded programs and Title II, Part A, Class Size Reduction funded classrooms, must meet all Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) requirements upon hire or as assigned to teach in those programs. All other public school teachers assigned to teach core academic subjects must meet all HQT requirements upon hire, or an HQT plan must be developed to ensure compliance by the end of the school year of hire.
The VPSS program provides an opportunity for teachers in special programs to develop the content and pedagogical skills necessary to ensure students are academically successful while meeting ESEA teacher requirements. The goal of the VPSS program is to ensure that teachers have the subject matter competence and skills to ensure that students can meet the California Standards and graduate from high school college and career ready
The professional development incorporates theory and practice, is organized in two levels, and meets the NCLB criteria for high quality professional development. The duration of the modules is designed to meet the need for sufficient intensity of the training.