Improving Teacher Quality Program
What is Title II?
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB Act), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), places a major emphasis upon teacher quality as a factor in improving student achievement. The new Title II programs focus on preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers and principals and requires States to develop plans with annual measurable objectives that will ensure that all teachers teaching in core academic subjects are highly qualified by the end of the 2005-2006 school year.
Reaching this goal will require reform of traditional teacher training, which is usually conducted in colleges of education, as well as the innovative expansion of alternative routes to teacher licensure. It will also require more effective in-service training and professional development for teachers currently in the classroom.
The purpose of Title II, Part A is to help increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and school districts ensure that all teachers are highly qualified to teach. Through the program, Maryland Department of Education (MSDE) and local educational agencies (LEAs) receive funds on a formula basis, as does the State agency for higher education (SAHE).
School Administrators may request Title II funding for Professional Development purposes. The document is to be completed and sent to Dr. Margaret Pfaff, Department of Staff Development.