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ESEA Title II, Part A - Improving Teacher Quality State Grants: The purpose of the grant is to fund academic improvement and teacher quality programs. Georgia's role in Teacher and leader Effectiveness: The Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness impacts student achievement by providing programs and resources to enhance teacher and leader effectiveness that include the following: Title II, Part A grant awards; teacher and leader effectiveness systems; and professional learning. The goal of the division is to promote and support teacher and leader effectiveness to improve student learning in every classroom in the state. It manages effective use of Title II, Part A funds at the state and local level that are specifically targeted for use to meet the highly qualified teacher requirements of No Child Left Behind. It promotes effective use of professional development funds and activities to support school improvement and maintains current data regarding teacher shortage areas. It supports the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System and Leader Keys Effectiveness System – Georgia’s teacher and leader evaluation and professional development processes.
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 emphasizes improving teacher quality as a method of increasing student achievement. Title II, Part A of the legislation guides school districts toward focusing on programs and activities which prepare, train, and recruit highly qualified teachers, principals, and paraprofessionals. Teachers providing instruction in core academic subjects must be certified and “highly qualified” as required by the federal regulation and guidelines established by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
Parents have the right:
· to request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s)
· whether the teacher has met the Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for certification for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
· whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which Georgia qualifications or certification criteria have been waived;
· the College major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher;
· whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so what are their qualifications.
· to be notified via standard mail when their child has been taught for 20 or more consecutive days by a teacher that is not highly qualified.
Miller County Schools are committed to providing high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the state’s student academic achievement standards by ensuring that all teachers are Highly Qualified.