Our mission is to provide technical assistance, resources, and program monitoring to local education agencies in support of the United States Department of Education's Title II, Part A Improving Teacher Quality State Grant's purpose of increasing academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality.
Title II, Part A Improving Educator Quality State Grants originally authorized as Eisenhower Professional Development and the Class Size Reduction programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, was reauthorized in 2001 by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and in 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While ESSA was authorized in December of 2015, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 extended the date by which certain parts of the Act would be effective. Further guidance has been provided by USDE in the form of Dear Colleague Letters and FAQs. In 2012 USDE allowed SEAs to submit Flexibility Waivers, per these FAQs all flexibility requests are null and void as of August 1, 2016.
Improving Teacher Quality State Grant funds are obtained by a State on the basis of the United States Department of Education’s (USDE) approval of either (1) an individual State plan as provided in Section 2112 of the ESEA (20 USC 2112) or (2) a consolidated application that includes the program, in accordance with Section 9302 of the ESEA (20 USC 7842). Through the program, state and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) receive funds using a USDE provided formula based on poverty and population.
The purpose of the Title II, Part A grant is
to increase student achievement consistent with challenging State academic standards,
to improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders,
to increase the number of teachers, principals and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools, and
to provide low-income and monitory student greater access to effective of teachers, principals and other school leaders.
The Title II, Part A Program staff are a part of the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Division of the Office of School Improvement. The Unit provides technical assistance, resources, and program monitoring of LEAs to ensure that all teachers and paraprofessionals in Georgia meet state and federal “highly qualified” requirements and that all LEAs have equitable distribution of highly experienced, highly qualified, and highly effective teachers and leaders.
Technical Assistance - Our Program Manager and Education Program Specialists work collaboratively to interpret State and Federal law and provide guidelines for implementing the Title II, Part A program, address specific questions and concerns regarding the program, and provide information and assistance in implementing various requirements and guidelines.
Resources - Our division provides a number of electronic tools and documents to local education agencies to ensure effective program implementation. We also provide a statewide training and conference for LEA Title II, Part A coordinators to provide professional development in areas related to the implementation of Title II, Part A.
Monitoring - Our division regularly monitors our grant recipients at the local level to ensure compliance with regulations.
Title II, Part A is a federal formula grant. All allocations are calculated according to this grant and in conjunction with additional guidance the Department has received from the United States Department of Education. Allocations are available to the public through the State Board of Education E-Board Page.
Service Area Map
Title II, Part A Staff Contact Information
Highly Qualified Teacher Verification for certification in other states should be directed to the GaPSC Georgia Professional Standards Commission.