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The safety of students is a school district’s first responsibility and requires the full attention of every person. At no time is vigilance more critical than during the background screening of new employees and volunteers.


Many human resource professionals in school districts are unaware that typical criminal background checks do not identify professional educators who have had adverse actions taken against a certificate or license. Most prosecutions of educator misconduct are held in administrative hearings, not criminal courts, so the educator is never arrested or fingerprinted; therefore, the action taken is not included in a state or federal criminal background check.


On average about 6,000 educators each year have adverse actions taken against their certificate or license for serious misconduct that deems them unsafe to be in the classroom.


For over 25 years, the not-for-profit National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC ) has managed the Educator Identification Clearinghouse (Ed ID Clearinghouse) for its members, state agencies responsible for licensure of professional K-12 educators.


The Ed ID Clearinghouse is a searchable national database that provides an immediate alert regarding individuals who have had their professional educator certificates or licenses annulled, denied, suspended, revoked, or otherwise invalidated. 


Since it is feasible that an educator who had adverse action taken against a certificate could apply for a position (certified, classified, or volunteer) in your school district, including the NASDTEC Ed ID Clearinghouse as part of all background checks is good policy and practice. 

Unlimited access to the Clearinghouse requires an Associate Membership in NASDTEC and a nominal subscription fee based on the number of FTE teachers in your district.

If you are interested in learning more, please complete the form below and a NASDTEC representative will email you a sample of the user agreement, estimated cost, and the Ed ID Clearinghosue Handbook. 



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