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 Title II, Part A Improving Teacher Quality Grant


Mission

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 Supporting Effective Instruction Grant's purpose of increasing academic achievement by improving the effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders.

Program Overview ​​​​​

Title II, Part A was 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. ESSA is in full effect as of July 1, 2017. 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.

Title II, Part A Supporting Effective Instruction 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 or (2) a consolidated application that includes the program. 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 minority student greater access to effective of teachers, principals and other school leaders.

SEA Implementation

The Title II, Part A Program staff are a part of the Teacher and Leader Support and Development Division of the Office of Teaching and Learning. The Unit provides technical assistance, resources, and program monitoring of LEAs. 

  • 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.

Allocations

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.

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