HOUSSE

What is the so-called Illinois HOUSSE?

The NCLB Act distinguishes between "veteran teachers" and those who are new to the profession. A veteran teacher is a teacher who has at least one full year of teaching experience. In addition to meeting the specific requirements set forth for being considered "highly qualified" for particular assignments, veteran teachers can also be considered "highly qualified" based on an additional set of criteria, the so-called High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) criteria.

Points Available Under the Illinois HOUSSE Criteria

The activities listed in this Appendix D shall be eligible for counting by teachers in general education, bilingual education, and special education. In the case of special education, a given activity, other than teaching experience, may be counted only if it relates to the core academic subject taught rather than special education as the "area of assignment".
a) Teaching experience in the subject area of assignment: 12.5 points per semester, up to a maximum of 50 points. (Special education teachers may count teaching experience in special education as experience in each core academic subject taught.)
b) Completion of college coursework in the core academic subject area of assignment: 5 points per semester hour.
c) Possession of NBPTS certification or an Illinois master certificate applicable to the area of assignment: 100 points for a general education teacher in grades below 6 or a special education teacher.
d) Completion of the required content-area coursework within the context of completing an Illinois approved preparation program in elementary education or an approved out-of-state elementary education preparation program offered by an institution that was accredited by NCATE at the time: 75 points for a teacher in a self-contained general education classroom through Grade 8. Completion of the required content-area coursework within the context of completing an Illinois approved early childhood education preparation program or an approved out-of-state early childhood preparation program offered by an institution that was accredited by NCATE at the time: 75 points for a teacher in a self-contained general education classroom through Grade 3. (This coursework may not also be counted for points under subsection (b).)
e) Participation in conference sessions, workshops, institutes, seminars, symposia, or other similar training events that are directly related to the area of teaching assignment: 1 point per full hour of participation.
f) Presenting at conference sessions, workshops, institutes, seminars, symposia, or other similar training events: 8 or 3 points, in accordance with Section 25.875(k) of this Part.
g) Work experience (non-teaching) directly related to the area of teaching assignment (e.g., experience in a chemical laboratory on the part of an individual teaching chemistry): 10 points per year of experience, up to a maximum of 50 points.
h) Supervising a student teacher in the subject area of assignment: 10 points per student teacher, applicable to all subjects.
i) Peer review or peer coaching that meets the requirements of Section 25.875(b) of this Part: 5, 8, 9, or 11 points per semester, in accordance with Section 25.875(b)(2) of this Part.
j) Mentoring a new teacher in the subject area of assignment, provided that the mentoring arrangement conforms to the requirements of Section 25.875(c)(1)(A) of this Part: 9 or 11 points per semester, in accordance with Section 25.875(c)(2)(A) of this Part.
k) Participation in site-based management or decision-making teams, relevant committees, boards, or task forces directly related to school improvement plans and focused on the core academic subject of assignment: 8 or 11 points per semester, in accordance with Section 25.875(d) of this Part. (May be counted only once per subject area.)
l) Teaching a college course in accordance with Section 25.875(j) of this Part that is directly related to the subject area of assignment: 20 points.
m) Participating in action research and inquiry projects that meet the requirements of Section 25.875(n) of this Part and are directly related to the subject area of assignment: 8 or 11 points per semester, in accordance with Section 25.875(n)(2) of this Part.
n) Approved travel related to the area of teaching assignment and meeting the requirements of Section 25.875(p) of this Part: 12 or 15 points per year, in accordance with Section 25.875(p)(2) of this Part.
o) Participation in a study group directly related to the area of teaching assignment: 6 or 8 points per semester, in accordance with Section 25.875(q) of this Part.
p) Participation in an internship directly related to the area of teaching assignment that meets the requirements of Section 25.875(s) of this Part: points in relation to contact hours per semester, as set forth in Section 25.875(s)(2) of this Part.
q) Participation in curriculum development or assessment activities that meet the requirements of Section 25.875(u) of this Part and are directly related to the subject area of assignment: 8 or 11 points per semester, in accordance with Section 25.875(u)(2) of this Part.
r) Publication of educational articles, columns, or books that are directly related to the subject area of assignment: points in accordance with Section 25.875(x)(2) of this Part.
s) Teacher-to-teacher consultation that includes activities such as observation, meetings, and exchange of information (whether face to face or via communications technology) and that relates to topics such as materials, curriculum, evidence-based practices, and techniques and strategies aligned to the State Goals for Learning (see 23 Ill. Adm. Code 1, Appendix D): 1 point per hour of interaction with a teacher who is "highly qualified" in the relevant core academic subject area, up to a maximum of 50 points.
t) Possession of NBPTS certification or an Illinois master teaching certificate in an area other than in the area of assignment: 15 points.
u) Possession of an Illinois standard teaching certificate in an area other than in the area of assignment: 10 points.