Program Description

The purpose of the program 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; increasing the number of highly qualified 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.

General Program Requirements

Awards are made to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) that in turn make formula subgrants to local education agencies (LEAs). State agencies for higher education (SAHEs) also receive a (separate) formula grant. SAHEs in turn award competitive grants to partnerships that must include at least one institution of higher education (IHE) and its division that prepares teachers and principals, and a school of arts and sciences IHE, and a high-need LEA.

BY statute, BIE and the Outlying areas receive an allocation under the program.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

SEAs apply to the Department for funds using the consolidated state application process through which States submit a single application for funds for a number of Federal education formula grant programs. (Consolidated applications/plans are authorized under Title IX of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to promote coordination among programs and reduce paperwork.)

These applications are submitted at the beginning of each reauthorization cycle and remain in effect until the next reauthorization. However, States are expected to amend their applications, as needed, to reflect any changes in how the program is implemented.

Program Contact Information

Elizabeth Witt
Program Officer

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number84.367A, 84.367B
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeMandatory
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceNon-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)About 97% of school districts receive funds. All SEA, the BIE, and the outlying areas receive annul grants under the program.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Tribes Funded by this ProgramBIE receives a set-aside. Other Native American-serving schools are served through their local SEAs and LEAs.

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