Most education policy wonks and an increasing number of regular folk are aware that by January 2006, all teachers must be "highly qualified." A big part of getting there is for veteran subject to prove their subject matter competency a fact that has some veteran teachers up in arms. One of the routes available to veterans to prove their stuff is by meeting their state s HOUSSE standards ("High, Objective, Uniform State Standards of Evaluation). States have been slowly developing their standards, which range from awful to not half bad. The Education Commission of the States has collected all of the HOUSSE standards on its website, a useful tool.