This report was completed on Friday, January 27, 2012.
A “misassigned” teacher is one who lacks the appropriate subject-area authorization for a class she is teaching.
Under the terms of the Williams settlement, schools must inform the public of the number of their teachers who are misassigned. It is possible for a teacher who lacks the authorization for a subject to get special permission—in the form of an emergency permit, waiver, or internship authorization—from the school board or county office of education to teach the subject anyway. This permission prevents the teacher from being counted as misassigned.