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HEA: Teacher Quality Enhancement - FY 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 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 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)).
 
Measure 1.1.1 of 1: 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
 
2003
94
 
2004
95
 
2005
 
95
2006
 
95

Source: ED's HEA Title II Reporting System.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: August 2006

Data Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data are verified by testing entities and certified by state licensing authorities. The data collection, with statistical data quality checks, meets the Title II, Higher Education Act requirement for a national reporting system on the quality of teacher preparation.
 
Explanation: FY 2000 data established the baseline. States use a variety of different licensure and certification exams or batteries of exams. The Department asks states to report across six categories of tests: basic skills; professional knowledge and pedagogy; academic content areas; teaching special populations; other content areas; and performance assessments. The guide also calls for a single ''summary rate'' that reflects the total of the graduates' testing experience. The summary rate provides the data for this measure. The data for FY 2005 will be available in August 2006.
 
Objective 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 2.1 of 1: Highly qualified teachers: The percentage of program completers who are highly qualified teachers
 
Measure 2.1.1 of 1: The percentage of program completers who are highly qualified teachers.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2004
89
 
2005
 
80
2006
 
89
2007
 
89

Source: Grantee Performance Report, Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants Program Annual Performance Reports.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: August 2006

Data Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data are verified by testing entities and certified by state licensing authorities. The data collection, with statistical data quality checks, meets the Title II, Higher Education Act requirement for a national reporting system on the quality of teacher preparation.

Limitations: Data are self-reported through annual performance reports.
 
Explanation: FY 2004 data established the baseline. ''Highly qualified'' is defined in No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Title IX, Sec. 9101. A highly qualified program completer is a graduate of a grantee teacher preparation program with a bachelor's degree, subject area competence established through testing, and certification from state licensing authorities. Program completion definition includes a reasonable period of time for graduates to pass certification examinations. FY 2005 data are expected in August 2006.
 

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