Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants

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Improving Teacher Quality, Recruitment, and Preparation

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 respond to the nation's critical need for high-quality teachers. Our nation's schools will need to hire 2.2 million teachers over the next decade, more than half of whom will be first-time teachers. These teachers need to be well-prepared to teach all students to the highest standards.

Title II of the HEA provides new opportunities to invest in the recruitment, preparation, licensing, and support of teachers. The following Teacher Quality Enhancement initiatives are provided for in Title II of the HEA:

Teacher Preparation Partnership Grants

This initiative provides grants to partnerships among teacher preparation institutions and high-need school districts. To ensure that new teachers can meet the many challenges of today's classrooms, the partners will work to strengthen teacher education through activities such as:

Teacher Recruitment Grants

This recruitment initiative supports the efforts of States and school-university partnerships to reduce shortages of qualified teachers in high-need areas. Grant recipients may offer scholarships, high-quality preparation, and support services to prospective teachers who agree to teach in the high-need schools.

State Grants

These grants encourage States to improve the quality of their teaching force through such reforms as:


The law helps ensure accountability in teacher education by requiring states and institutions of higher education to prepare "report cards" on the quality of teacher preparation, including their students' performance on teacher licensing examinations.

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Last Modified: 03/16/2011