The purpose of this program is to:
- Increase student achievement consistent with the challenging State academic standards
- Improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders
- Increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools
- Provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders
Title II-A requires districts to “meaningfully consult” with teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, charter school leaders, and other stakeholders when developing an application for the use of Title II-A funds for state approval.
Permissible state activities have expanded under ESSA to include teacher certification reform, evaluation, equitable access to teachers, alternative routes for teacher certification, recruiting and retention, establishing or expanding teacher or school leader academies, appropriate data use, professional development, integrating Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning and academic courses; support for school library programs, reducing class size to a level that is evidence-based, and other activities that are evidence-based which meet the purpose of this title.