U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants

Goal 8: To improve the quality of teacher education and initial certification standards, and to improve the knowledge and skills of all teachers, particularly new teachers and teachers who work in high-need areas.
Objective 1 of 4: IMPROVE THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE OF NEW TEACHERS BY FUNDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF STATE POLICIES THAT STRENGTHEN INITIAL LICENSING STANDARDS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF STATE OR LOCAL POLICIES/PROGRAMS THAT REDUCE THE NUMBER OF UNCERTIFIED TEACHERS.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Teacher certification standards. State grantees: An external panel of experts will find that all states that use their grant to strengthen initial teacher certification standards will have implemented higher standards within 3 years of the grant award. Within 1 1/2 years of the grant award, these states will have demonstrated progress toward implementation of higher standards.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Grantees that have demonstrated progress toward implementation of higher standards (in percentage).
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
100
2001
 
100
Status: Unable to judge. Data collection in Annual Performance Reports submitted February 2001 by 19 reporting states indicate that most states are making progress towards implementing higher standards for teachers, as represented by better aligned K-12 and teacher preparation standards and the adoption or development of more rigorous assessments for entry into the teacher education major and the profession.

Explanation: This is a new program, so actual performance data are not yet available. (Examples of "progress toward implementation of higher standards" include establishment of a standards committee; state legislative action on standards; or development of draft standards.)  
Additional Source Information: State Report Card on the Quality of Teacher Preparation (Sec. 207).

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
Evaluation data collection will be verified by on-site monitoring and review, and survey and analyses performed by an experienced data collection agency with internal review procedures.

Limitations: Annual program performance reports will contain self-reported data from grantees; State Report Card will contain self-reported data from states.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Certification rate. State, recruitment, and partnership grantees: The percentages of new and current teachers who meet their state's teacher certification requirements, including passing content knowledge and competency tests, will increase each year.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
- No Targets And Performance Data -
Status: Unable to judge.

Explanation: This is a new program, so performance data are not yet available.  
Additional Source Information: State Report Card on the Quality of Teacher Preparation (Sec. 207).

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
Evaluation data collection will be verified by on-site monitoring and review, and survey and analyses performed by an experienced data collection agency with internal review procedures.

Limitations: Annual program performance reports will contain self-reported data from grantees; State Report Card will contain self-reported data from states.

 

Objective 2 of 4: INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY, PLACEMENT, AND RETENTION RATES OF WELL-PREPARED, HIGH-QUALITY TEACHERS IN HIGH-NEED SCHOOLS.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 2: Placement and retention. Partnership and recruitment grantees: There will be an increase each year in the percentage of graduates from teacher preparation programs with partnership or recruitment grants who serve for at least 3 years in high-need schools, particularly high-poverty schools in partnership districts.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Grantees have a collaborative structure in place (in percentage)
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2001
7-12
Continuous Increase
Status: Unable to judge. No data available yet.

Explanation: This is a new program, so performance data are not yet available.  
Source: Other Survey/Research
Collecting Agency: Annual program performance reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
Evaluation data collection will be verified by on-site monitoring and review, and survey and analyses performed by an experienced data collection agency with internal review procedures.

Limitations: Annual program performance reports will contain self-reported data from grantees.

 
Indicator 8.2.2 of 2: Support for new teachers. Partnership and recruitment grantees: The percentage of new teachers in districts with partnerships or recruitment grants who receive ongoing support services and education from their grant program for at least their first 3 years of teaching will increase each year.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
- No Targets And Performance Data -
Status: Unable to judge. However, based on a review of recruitment grantee applications, 11 recruitment grantees indicated that they offered support services to new teachers prior to receiving Title II funds in 1999. Based on a review of recruitment grantee applications, all 28 recruitment grantees proposed providing support services as a component of their Title II grant; these services include mentoring, professional development, and induction programs.

Explanation: Based on a review of partnership grantee applications, all 25 partnership grantees proposed providing support services as components to their Title II grant; these services include professional development, mentoring, and peer networks. This is a new program, so actual performance data are not yet available.  
Frequency: Annually.

Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
Evaluation data collection will be verified by on-site monitoring and review, and survey and analyses performed by an experienced data collection agency with internal review procedures.

Limitations: Annual program performance reports will contain self-reported data from grantees.

 

Objective 3 of 4: IMPROVE THE ACADEMIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL TRAINING OF FUTURE TEACHERS.
Indicator 8.3.1 of 2: Content knowledge and teaching skills. Partnership and recruitment grantees: The percentage of graduates from teacher preparation programs with partnership or recruitment grants who demonstrate strong content knowledge and teaching skills in the subject they teach will increase each year.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
- No Targets And Performance Data -
Status: Unable to judge. Data not yet available.

Explanation: This is a new program, so performance data are not yet available.  
Additional Source Information: Annual Performance Reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.

 
Indicator 8.3.2 of 2: Technological Skills. Partnership and state grantees: The percentage of teachers from partnership programs and grantee states who are prepared to integrate technology into the classroom will increase each year.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
- No Targets And Performance Data -
Status: Unable to judge. No data are yet available.

Explanation: This is a new program, so performance data are not yet available.  
Additional Source Information: Annual Program Performance Reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: June 2002.
Validated By: Experienced Public/Private Entity.
Evaluation data collection will be verified by on-site monitoring and review, and survey and analyses performed by an experienced data collection agency with internal review procedures.

Limitations: Annual program performance reports will contain self-reported data from grantees.

 

Objective 4 of 4: IMPROVE THE ABILITY OF TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS TO CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE THEIR TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS AND MEET THE STAFFING NEEDS OF PARTNER DISTRICTS.
Indicator 8.4.1 of 2: Process of self-assessment and improvement. Partnership and recruitment grantees: The percentage of teacher preparation programs with partnership and recruitment grants that have a formal process for assessing the effectiveness of their graduates as classroom teachers will increase each year.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
- No Targets And Performance Data -
Status: Unable to judge. No 1999 data on actual grantee performance are available. However, based on a review of recruitment grantee applications, eight recruitment grantees indicated they had a formal assessment process in place prior to receiving Title II funds. Based on a review of recruitment grantee applications, 19 recruitment grantees indicated they would develop an assessment process as part of their Title II activities; assessment activities include written or oral evaluation of teachers' work, student achieve

Explanation: Based on a review of partnership applications, 23 partnership grantees indicated they will develop an assessment process as part of their Title II activities; assessment activities include evaluations by other educators, student achievement data, INTASC standards, and teachers' portfolios. This is a new program, so actual program performance data are not yet available.  
Additional Source Information: Annual Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
Evaluation data collection will be verified by on-site monitoring and review, and survey and analyses performed by an experienced data collection agency with internal review procedures.

Limitations: Annual program performance reports will contain self-reported data from grantees.

 
Indicator 8.4.2 of 2: Collaboration among partners. Partnership grantees: The percentage of partnership grantees with a governance structure that conducts a formal assessment of the staffing needs of local districts, monitors the effectiveness of partnership activities, and provides funds to partnership members for new activities will increase each year.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Grantees have a collaborative structure in place.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1999
100
 
2001
 
100

Grantees have a formal needs assessment process in place.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1999
88
 
2001
 
100

Grantees monitor the effectiveness of partnership activities.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1999
96
 
2001
 
100

Grantees provide increasing funds to partnership members for new activities.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1999
24
 
2001
 
100
Status: No current data but progress toward target is likely.

Explanation: A high number of partnership grantees indicate in their program applications that they are currently undertaking many of the components of effective partnership collaboration.  
Additional Source Information: Annual Performance Reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
Evaluation data collection will be verified by on-site monitoring and review, and survey and analyses performed by an experienced data collection agency with internal review procedures.

Limitations: Baseline data from applications are self-reported and may reflect intended program activities, not actual program activities. Annual program performance reports will contain self-reported data from grantees.

 

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