NCLB HOUSSE Method Questions and Answers
Q. What does HOUSSE stand for? NCLB?
A. HOUSSE is the acronym for High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation. New York State has developed a HOUSSE form to comply with federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements.
Q. What is the purpose of the HOUSSE form?
A. Completing a HOUSSE form is one way a teacher can demonstrate “highly qualified” status as defined by NCLB.
Q. Why should a CTE teacher complete the HOUSSE form?
A. Teachers of CTE courses are required to be “highly qualified” when they are teaching CTE courses for which academic core credit may be given. CTE courses may offer academic core credit in mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), social studies, science, or the arts. State regulations permit certified CTE teachers to teach in CTE programs that may have classes students can use for high school credit in these core academic subjects.
Q. Does the CTE teacher need to demonstrate “highly qualified” status in the area of CTE for which the teacher is certified?
A. No. NCLB requires demonstration of “highly qualified” status only for core academic subjects for which credit may be given through a CTE course.
Q. Should all CTE teachers complete the HOUSSE form?
A. Certified CTE teachers who are beyond their first year of full-time equivalent instruction in a public school or BOCES are encouraged to complete the HOUSSE form. In order to qualify to use the HOUSSE form, the CTE teacher must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Q. Why would a CTE teacher have to complete more than one HOUSSE form?
A. CTE teachers must complete a separate HOUSSE form for each core subject for which students may receive credit through CTE coursework. This would mean that a teacher could potentially need to demonstrate “highly qualified” status in mathematics, ELA, social studies, science, and the arts.
Q. Why would a CTE teacher complete the HOUSSE form if the teacher is not currently teaching a CTE class for academic credit?
A. CTE teachers should consider not only current teaching schedules, but also potential future assignments when determining for which core subject(s) the HOUSSE must be completed.
Q. If a CTE teacher becomes “highly qualified” in one school district and then leaves that district, does the teacher’s “highly qualified” status transfer to the new school district?
A. New York State does not require a district to accept HOUSSE results from other districts, but many districts do accept HOUSSE results from other districts.
Q. When should HOUSSE forms be completed?
A. HOUSSE evaluation is conducted as part of a pre-employment review or as a part of an Annual Professional Performance Review. The New York State Education Department strongly encourages schools to complete their use of the HOUSSE during 2006-2007 school year. The United States Department of Education will seek the elimination of the HOUSSE in the 2007 NCLB reauthorization.
Q. Where should the CTE teacher file the form after it is completed?
A. The HOUSSE form should be signed by a district administrator and should become part of the teacher’s personnel file. The CTE teacher is advised to keep a signed, personal copy in case of transfer to another district that will accept the HOUSSE conducted in the original district.
Q. Where can the CTE teacher find the HOUSSE form and guidance for its completion?
For more information, see the Accountability Office's archived guidance (in effect pending authorization of ESEA) at:
HOUSSE forms (Word 72KB)
For more information on HOUSSE and CTE please contact the
Career and Technical Education Team, New York State Education Department