Title II, Part A: Improving Teacher Quality

Title IIa

Title II funds are intended to increase the number of high-quality, effective teachers and principals. Funds can be used for a variety of purposes, from recruiting and retaining teachers to reducing class sizes, or providing professional development.


Distribution: These federal funds are granted to state educational agencies, which then distribute funds to school districts by formula. Most districts receive some Title II funding, with high-poverty and large districts receiving larger shares.

Use of Funds: Most districts use their Title II funds to provide professional development. In particular, funds are used to provide continuous, ongoing training that helps teachers understand academic subjects and learn strategies to help students meet high academic standards.

Title II Guidance


Professional Development
Coaching and virtual professional development solutions can help prepare teachers for the implementation of college and career readiness standards and result in real change in the classroom.

Two-Tiered Approach to Educator Assessment
An approach to teacher, principal, and superintendent evaluation that is efficient and meets Race to the Top and NCLB requirements for evaluating educator effectiveness and student achievement.