Highly Qualified Staff Members Data Elements

Data ElementPossible Indicators
High Quality Professional Staff

Staff Preparation

Numbers of teachers, administrators, years of teaching or administering; types of certificates held, special skills or knowledge.

Specialist Staff

Number of content or program specialists such as reading teachers, mathematics or science specialists, counselors or psychologists, social workers, health staff, etc.

Professional Development

The existence of district- and school-level professional opportunities available to teachers; the number of professional days or district resources dedicated to professional development; evaluations of professional development sessions and the amount of teach-generated professional development.

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity, gender breakdowns of staff and administration, retirement projections; does the ethnicity of the school staff include members of the same ethnic groups as the students?

School Administrators

Number of administrators and role; years of experience; specialized training and advanced degrees.


An Idea Book on Planning, Vol. I, Implementing Schoolwide Programs, U.S. Department of Education