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.
Signed into law by President Bush in January 2002, the No Child Left Behind legislation contains the most sweeping changes to the ESEA since it was enacted in 1965. ESEA is guided by four basic reform principles that aim to achieve the goal of a quality education for all of our students. Stronger accountability for results requires schools, local education agencies, and states to be held accountable for improving student achievement for all learners. Increased flexibility and local control allows systems to plan and focus activities in a coordinated effort through Georgia’s Consolidated Application. Expanded parental options allow parents the option of choosing another public school if their child attends a failing or persistently dangerous school. Teachers are required to utilize teaching methods of instruction that are data-driven and research-informed.
Each state and local agency must meet annual measurable objectives that establish the minimum levels of improvement based on student performance on state standardized tests. Schools, local education agencies, and the state as a whole must achieve these performance goals within time frames specified by law. Through the ESEA Flexibility Waiver, Georgia LEAs are now meeting these requirements through CCRPI.
As a part of ESEA/ NCLB, the purpose of the Title II, Part A program is to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This program is carried out by: increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms; increasing the number of highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools; and increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement. School systems must work to ensure that all students, especially poor and minority students, have equitable opportunities to be taught by highly effective teachers.
In exchange for receiving funds, LEAs are held accountable to stakeholders for improvements in academic achievement. Title II, Part A provides these agencies the flexibility to use these funds creatively to address challenges to teacher quality, whether they concern teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, teacher retention, or the need for more capable principals and assistant principals to serve as effective school leaders.
ESEA is based on the assumption that every child can, and has the right, to learn, regardless of income, gender, race, ethnicity, or disability. Efforts toward reforming schools must focus on increased student achievement for every learner.
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.