In 2013, the U.S. Department of Education strongly encouraged OSPI to limit the use of the HOUSSE form in all areas with the exception of special education. The effective date for limiting district use of the Points-Based HOUSSE is August 31, 2014 (010-14M).
Beginning September 1, 2014, school districts that have previously completed HOUSSE forms on file, but not in the HQT tool, may submit a formal request to have these added. The request, including HOUSSE form and supporting documentation, should be emailed to
Special Education Teacher Exception
After August 31, 2014, districts may only use a “revised” version HOUSSE form to document content expertise in core academic subject areas for special education teachers. The revised HOUSSE form will be available when the 2014-2015 HQT Tool is launched on October 15, 2014.
HOUSSE Appeals Process for General Education Teachers
This process can be used for staff who were on leave or in a non-system assignment during the 2013-14 school year (e.g. instructional coaches, TOSAs, or administrators). It cannot be used for a teacher new to the profession, one from out-of-state, or for any HOUSSE forms completed after August 31, 2014.
If a district hires a highly qualified veteran teacher prior to September 1, 2014, who does not have a completed HOUSSE form from a previous district, the district may complete these forms to accurately reflect the teacher’s highly qualified status. The HOUSSE forms can then be submitted to OSPI via this appeals process.
OSPI will respond with a determination within 15 calendar days of the receipt of an appeal.
HOUSSE Appeal Request Form (Word)