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

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HEA: Teacher Quality Enhancement - 2005

CFDA Number: 84.336 - Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants


Program Goal: 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 8.1 of 2: 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 1: Pass rates: Pass rates will increase for preservice teachers taking subject matter competency tests as part of State licensure requirements, in the states that receive funds from the Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants Program for states to prepare teachers that are highly competent in the academic content areas in which they will be teaching (HEA, Title II, Sec. 202 (d) (1)).
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The percentage of preservice teachers taking and passing subject matter competency tests as part of state licensure requirements.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
93
 
2001
93
 
2002
94
 
2005
 
95
2006
 
100


Explanation: States use a variety of different licensure and certification exams or batteries of exams, the reporting guide for the Secretary's Report asks states to report across six categories of tests: basic skills; professional knowledge and pedagogy; academic content areas; and performance assessments. The guide also call for a single ''summary rate'' that reflects the total of the graduates' testing experience.  
Additional Source Information: Meeting the Highly Qualified Teachers Challenge: The Secretary's Annual Report on Teacher Quality.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: December 2005
The data collection, with statistical data quality checks, meets the requirements of Title II of the Higher Education Act, which created a national reporting system on the quality of teacher preparation.

 

Objective 8.2 of 2: To reform teacher preparation programs in partnership with high need school districts and schools of arts and sciences to produce highly qualified teachers.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Highly qualified teachers: The percentage of program completers who are highly qualified teachers
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The percentage of program completers who are highly qualified teachers.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2005
 
80
2006
 
85
2007
 
90


Explanation: FY 2003 data will establish the baseline. ''Highly qualified'' is defined in No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Title IX, Sec. 9101. A program completer is defined as a graduate of a teacher preparation program, because many graduates of teacher preparation programs get a certificate or some other evidence of program completion, not a degree. Certification is not necessarily simultaneous with program graduation; program completion, therefore, allows a reasonable period of time for graduates to pass the certification examinations.  
Additional Source Information: The annual performance report is being revised to collect data based on the NCLB definition of ''highly qualified'' teacher.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: December 2005
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

Limitations: Data are self-reported through annual performance reports.

 

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