I didn't realize that all it takes to be a "highly qualified" teacher according to NCLB is a Bachelor's degree, a piece of paper, and "proven competency." I thought it required the Master's degree. Man, I'm *more* than highly qualified in physics. Apparently the ones they're worrying about are Math and a few others - that would explain why when I was job hunting a couple years ago the Math ones had more exacting requirements.
Alaska's the worst - partially because they're all one-room school houses and the poor teachers teach multiple subjects. Article ends with an amusing "don't despair" note: they get a single extra year to become highly qualified in all of their subjects!