The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as NCLB, requires that core academic subjects be taught by Highly Qualified Teachers, defined as having at least a bachelor’s degree, an appropriate California teaching credential, and demonstrated core academic subject area competence. For more information, see the CDE Improving Teacher and Principal Quality Web Page.
Each year, each school has to report Teacher Misassignments and Vacant Teacher Positions. “Misassignments” refers to the number of positions filled by teachers who lack legal authorization to teach that grade level, subject, area, or student group. The MVLA High School District takes great pride in the quality of our teaching staff. We attract the best and brightest candidates and our hiring practices are highly discriminating and result in a workforce that is second to none. Not only do we take great care in hiring only the best, but we also recognize the need to provide ongoing support and opportunities for professional development to our teachers so that they can reach their true potential.
MVLA employs a total of 220 teachers for the 2017-18 school year. Seventy-two percent or 184 of them have earned advanced degrees, MA’s and PhD’s. 18 have achieved the highly coveted and prestigious National Board Certification in their subject area. None of our teachers are misassigned and all of them are in possession of a valid California credential in the subject area of their assignment. Only one teacher out of 243 is on an emergency credential while he is finishing up his final course work.