IMPROVING TEACHER QUALITY
The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified. Through the program, local educational agencies (LEAs) receive funds on a formula basis.
Consistent with local planning requirements and its needs assessment, the Title II, Part A program offers an LEA the flexibility to design and implement a wide variety of activities that can promote a teaching staff that is highly qualified and able to help all students -- regardless of individual learning needs -- achieve challenging State content and academic achievement standards. Funds can also be used to provide school principals with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their schools’ efforts in increasing student academic achievement. For example, the statute specifically authorizes the following types of activities:
- Developing and implementing mechanisms to assist schools to effectively recruit and retain highly qualified teachers, principals, and specialists in core academic areas.
- Developing and implementing strategies and activities to recruit, hire, and retain highly qualified teachers and principals.
- Providing professional development activities that improve the knowledge of teachers and principals and, in appropriate cases, paraprofessionals, in content knowledge and classroom practices.
- Providing professional development activities that improve the knowledge of teachers and principals and, in appropriate cases, paraprofessionals.
- Developing and implementing initiatives to promote retention of highly qualified teachers and principals, particularly in schools with a high percentage of low-achieving students.
- Carrying out programs and activities that are designed to improve the quality of the teaching force.
- Carrying out professional development programs that are designed to improve the quality of principals and superintendents.
- Hiring highly qualified teachers in order to reduce class size, particularly in the early grades.
- Carrying out teacher advancement initiatives that promote professional growth and emphasize multiple career paths and pay differentiation.
Legislation and Guidance
- Title II, Part A, Teacher Quality Legislation
- Title II, Part A, Improving Teacher Quality Non-Regulatory Guidance October 2006
- Teacher Toolkit
- Para Professional Guidance
- NC Licensure
Resources and Updates
- NC Licensure Policy Update
- Improving Teacher Quality Title IIA: The Basics - May 20, 2015