The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This program is carried out by increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms, improving the skills of principals and assistant principals in schools and increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.
In exchange for receiving funds, agencies are held accountable to the public for improvements in academic achievement. Title II, Part A provides these agencies the flexibility to use these funds creatively to address challenges to teacher quality, whether they concern teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, teacher retention or the need for more capable principals and assistant principals to serve as effective school leaders.
The primary goal of the fund is to:
- Raise student achievement by improving the quality of teachers, paraprofessionals and principals in the schools through strategies such as high quality professional development
- Develop initiatives to promote the retention and hiring of highly qualified teachers and principals where shortages exist
- Increase student achievement by reducing class size
Title II, Part A requires each district to conduct an assessment of local needs for professional development and hiring quality staff. The following groups are included in the needs assessment:
- Community Leaders
- Teachers (including Title I teachers)
- School Board Members
- Other relevant school personnel
Sabine Parish Schools use Title II, Part A funds to support:
- Instructional Coaches for Job-Embedded Professional Development (salaries and benefits)
- professional development activities for teachers
- teacher advancement programs that promote professional growth
- tuition assistance programs for teachers and aspiring leaders