When NCLB was first initiated we Elementary teachers in ND were told as long as we had a major in Elem. Ed we were ok. The State Dept. has been reassuring us not to be concerned, etc. Now the Federal Ed. and Practices Board has checked our state and they're saying there are 3800 unqualified teachers here! That we need to be fully qualified in all areas which means we could get our master's, take the test the college students take, or make a portfolio. Our state doesn't even have a format for a portfolio in place since they thought we were ok...the State Ed. & Prac. Board has been asking the Feds for 3 years what the elem teachers need, and never got a reply, so they thought we were ok! Now I have 4 years left to retire and I feel like I probably won't have a job after next year now...I won't go for a master's...and I don't know that I could pass the test! I'm not a good test taker and I've always taught the lower grades, so wouldn't feel comfortable with the math, etc, that would be on the test. I love my job and feel that I've done a good job all these years, and this happens...I just needed to vent. Anyone else with my problem?