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Title II, Part A Legal and Regulatory Requirements

 

No Child Left Behind

Consolidated Application Update/
DCEP Addendum Update

2009-10

Title II, Part A – Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund

The purpose of Title II, Part A is to provide grants in order to: (1) increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools; and (2) hold LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.

Needs Assessment

LEAs must conduct an assessment of local needs for professional development and hiring, as identified by the LEA and school staff.   Such needs assessment shall be conducted with the involvement of teachers, including teachers participating in programs under part A of title I, and shall take into account the activities that need to be conducted in order to give teachers the means, including subject matter knowledge and teaching skills, and to give principals the instructional leadership skills to help teachers, to provide students with the opportunity to meet challenging State and local student academic achievement standards.

LEA Application

To be eligible to receive a subgrant, an LEA must submit an application to the SEA; the application must be based on the required needs assessment, and must include the following information:

  • A description of how the LEA, teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, other relevant school personnel, including representatives designated by the appropriate collective bargaining units, and parents have collaborated in the planning of activities to be carried out under Title II, Part A, Subpart 1, and in the preparation of the application.
  • A description of the activities to be carried out by the LEA under Title II, Part A, subpart 1, and how these activities will be aligned with—
    • challenging State academic content standards and student academic achievement standards, and State assessments; and
    • the curricula and programs tied to these standards.
  • A description of how the activities will be based on a review of scientifically based research and an explanation of why the activities are expected to improve student academic achievement.
  • A description of how the activities will have a substantial, measurable, and positive impact on student academic achievement and how the activities will be used as part of a broader strategy to eliminate the achievement gap that separates low-income and minority students from other students.
  • An assurance that the LEA will target funds to schools within the jurisdiction of the LEA that—
    • have the lowest proportion of highly qualified teachers;
    • have the largest average class size; or
    • are identified for school improvement under section 1116(b).
  • A description of how the LEA will coordinate professional development activities authorized under Title II, Part A, Subpart 1, with professional development activities provided through other Federal, State, and local programs.
  • A description of the professional development activities that will be made available to teachers and principals under Title II, Part A, Subpart 1, and how the LEA will ensure that the professional development (which may include teacher mentoring) needs of teachers and principals will be met using Title II, Part A, Subpart 1 funds.
  • A description of how the LEA will integrate funds received under Title II, Part A, Subpart 1, with the funds received under Title II, Part D that are used for professional development to train teachers to integrate technology into curricula and instruction to improve teaching, learning, and technology literacy.
  • A description of the results of the required needs assessment described above.
  • A description of how the LEA will provide training to enable teachers to:
    • teach and address the needs of students with different learning styles, particularly students with disabilities, students with special learning needs (including students who are gifted and talented), and students with limited English proficiency;
    • improve student behavior in the classroom and identify early and appropriate interventions to help students described in subparagraph (A) learn;
    • involve parents in their child's education; and
    • understand and use data and assessments to improve classroom practice and student learning.
  • A description of how the LEA will use funds under Title II, Part A, Subpart 1, to meet the requirements of section 1119 [regarding teacher and paraprofessional qualifications]. 
  • An assurance that the local educational agency will comply with  section 9501 (regarding participation by private school children and teachers). (See p. 3).

If the SEA determines that an LEA has failed to make progress toward meeting the annual measurable objectives described in section 1119(a)(2), for two consecutive years, such LEA must develop an improvement plan to enable the agency to meet such objective and that addresses the issues that prevented the agency from meeting such objectives.  During the development of the improvement plan, and throughout implementation of the plan, the SEA shall provide technical assistance to the LEA and, if applicable, to schools served by the LEA.

If the SEA determines that an LEA has failed to make progress toward meeting the annual measurable objectives described in section 1119(a)(2), and has failed to make adequate yearly progress as described under section 1111(b)(2)(B), for three consecutive years, the SEA shall enter into an agreement with such LEA on the use of that agency's funds under this part. As part of the agreement, the SEA shall develop, in conjunction with the LEA, teachers, and principals, professional development strategies and activities, based on scientifically based research, that the LEA will use to meet the annual measurable objectives described in section 1119(a)(2) and require such agency to utilize such strategies and activities.  During the development of these strategies and activities, the SEA shall, in conjunction with the LEA, provide from funds allocated to such LEA under subpart 2 directly to one or more schools served by such LEA, to enable teachers at the schools to choose, with continuing consultation with the principal involved, professional development activities that (1) meet the requirements for professional development activities described in section 9101; and (2) are coordinated with other reform efforts at the schools.  

Private School Participation

Private school teachers, principals and other educational personnel are eligible to participate in Title II, Part A, programs only to the extent that the LEA uses such funds to provide professional development for its teachers and other staff. 

If the LEA uses such funds for professional development, funds awarded to the LEA are subject to the uniform provisions of section 9501 which requires LEAs to provide private school teachers and other educational personnel with educational services on an equitable basis and in a timely manner.  The requirement for equitable participation of private school teachers and other educational personnel applies only to the extent that the LEA uses these funds for the professional development of its teachers and other staff.

As part of the application process, LEAs must consult with appropriate private school officials during the design and development of the professional development program and before any decisions are made that affect the opportunities of private school teachers and other educational personnel to participate in the program. Consultation must include a discussion of service delivery mechanisms that would provide equitable services to private school teachers and other educational staff and issues such as those included under section 9501(c)(1).  

Use of federal funds only for secular, neutral and non-ideological purposes.

If the LEA disagrees with the views of the private school officials on the provision of services through a contract, the LEA must provide to the private school officials a written explanation of the reasons why the LEA has chosen not to use a contractor.

 


*The citations contained herein are to the Public Law provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. of 2001.  For the codified version of the public law, see 20 U.S.C §§6301-6339 (Title I, Part A); 20 U.S.C. §§6421-6472 (Title I, Part D); 20 U.S.C. 6601-6651 (Title II, Part A); 20 U.S.C. §§6751-6777 (Title II, Part D); 20 U.S.C. §§6811-6871 (Title III, Part A); U.S.C. §§7101-7165 (Title IV, Part A).

 

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