US Department of Education Principal Office Functional Statements
Office of Innovation and Improvement

Functional Statements > Office of Innovation and Improvement


Teacher Quality Programs, headed by a Director, reports to the Associate Deputy Under Secretary for Improvement and Reform. The Office oversees Department activities that support and test innovations in the area of teacher and principal quality. Specifically, it has lead responsibility for the following discretionary programs:

  • Teaching American History
  • Transition to Teaching
  • Troops to Teachers
  • School Leadership
  • National Writing Project
  • Advanced Credentialing
  • Teacher Quality Partnership Program
  • Race to the Top – District Program
  • Teacher Incentive Fund (P.L. 109-149)

The administration of these programs involves the development of legislative proposals; formulation of program regulations and policies; the establishment of management goals and priorities; the provision of leadership and information to the education community and others concerned with the issues addressed by the programs; the design and conduct of grant selection procedures; the selection of grant recipients; technical assistance for prospective grant applicants; project monitoring; technical assistance and guidance to grant recipients to promote project success; and directing the teams and staff responsible for conducting program and management tasks.

Teacher Quality Programs develops guidance and procedures that leverage competitive grant programs to support innovative approaches and rigorously evaluate their impact, and shares this expertise with other Offices with responsibility for overseeing competitive grant programs. It works with the Center on Education Evaluation in IES to coordinate rigorous evaluations of a select number of the Office’s programs. It also widely disseminates the findings from evaluations to other offices and the field.


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Last Modified: 05/21/2014