Title II, Part A: Improving Teacher Quality
Federal funds awarded under Title II, Part A support programs to increase academic achievement 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 school districts and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.
State-level activities include but are not limited to:
- Recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers and principals;
- Increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms; and
- Reforming teacher and principal certification programs.
Allowable LEA-level activities include, but are not limited to:
- 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 core content knowledge and instructional practices;
- 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 teacher advancement initiatives that promote professional growth and emphasize multiple career paths (such as paths to becoming a mentor teacher, career teacher, or exemplary teacher) and pay differentiation; and
- Carrying out programs and activities that are designed to improve the quality of the teaching force, such as innovative professional development programs that focus on technology literacy, tenure reform, testing teachers in the academic subject in which teachers teach, and merit pay programs.
Programs and activities must be based on a needs assessment, and, among other things, be aligned with state academic content standards, student academic achievement standards, and teacher quality data.
- Overview of Title II, Part A (PPT)
- Improving Teacher Quality State Grants: Non-Regulatory Guidance (PDF) (2006) USED
Title II Part A Reports to the United States Department of Education
- Virginia’s Revised State Plan for Attaining the Goal of 100 Percent Highly Qualified Teachers (PDF) (2006)
- An Update to Virginia's Teacher Equity Plan – 2009 (PDF)
- An Update to Virginia's Teacher Equity Plan – 2011 (PDF)
- An Update to Virginia’s Teacher Equity Plan – 2012 (PDF)
- Revisions in Criteria to Designate Teachers Highly Qualified
- Virginia Requirements for Teachers Not New to the Teaching Profession to Meet the Definition of Highly qualified in the Federal Core Academic Areas and Special Education (PDF) Approved by the Board of Education on February 25, 2004; Amended April 20, 2005
- Highly Qualified Teachers Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (PPT) VDOE Guidance
- High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) for Visiting International Teachers (VIF) (PDF) Approved by the Virginia Board of Education on March 29, 2007
- High Quality Professional Development Criteria (PDF) | (Word). VDOE Guidance (2004)
- The Paraprofessional Guide to Supervision and Collaboration Paraprofessionals: A Partnership (PDF) VDOE Guidance (2005)
- Request for Reimbursement Form and Instructions – NCLB Title II, Part A, Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund
- Title II, Part A, Division Improvement: Procedures for Compliance with Section 2141 (PPT)
Title II Applications
- All ESEA/NCLB Title applications, the Local Consolidated Application, OMEGA video modules, and technical assistance documents can be found on the Applications for Federal Funds page.
Ensuring Equitable Services to Private School Students
Federal Program Monitoring
- Teacher-To-Teacher Workshops – Online Professional Development from the U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Education's Improving Teacher Quality State Grants
- U.S. Department of Education's Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance