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H.R.2902 - Equal Access to Quality Education Act of 2011
To establish a grant program to ensure that students in high-need schools have equal access to a quality education delivered by an effective, diverse workforce.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. EQUAL ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM.
(a) In General- The Secretary of Education shall make grants on a competitive basis to eligible partnerships in high-need areas to develop and strengthen high-quality pathways for the teaching and education leadership professions, to create professional induction programs for the teaching profession, and to provide a stable and collaborative learning environment for educators and students.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) increase the number of highly qualified teachers in shortage areas, including special education, bilingual education, and education for English language learners, and in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) improves the academic content knowledge of teachers in the subject areas in which teachers are certified or licensed to teach or in which the teachers are working toward certification or licensure to teach;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) promotes strong teaching skills, including instructional strategies that address diverse needs, the use of data to inform instruction, and strategies to improve student achievement; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) provide all educators with the knowledge base and professional skills to meet the needs of diverse learners, including English language learners and students with disabilities.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) requires participants in the program to complete at least one year of residency at a high-need school in the local educational agency participating in the eligible partnership;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(iii) awards a teaching credential, an undergraduate degree, or a Masters degree that meets State requirements for a teaching license or certification upon completion of the program;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) provides high-quality professional development to teachers to assist them in improving their knowledge, skills, and teaching practices in order to help students to improve their achievement and meet State academic standards;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) provides teachers with updated information on developments in curricula, assessments, and educational research, including the manner in which the research and data can be used to improve teaching skills and practice;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) AUTHORIZED USES- In addition to the activities described in paragraph (1), a partnership that receives a grant under this section may use the funds for any of the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) Providing preparation in effective, evidence-based instructional assessment practices and classroom management strategies for general education teachers serving students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) Enabling teachers to engage in study groups, professional learning communities, and other collaborative activities and collegial interactions regarding instruction assessment.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) an institution of higher education that is an ‘eligible institution’ for purposes of the TEACH Grant program under subpart 9 of part A of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (
(2) FAMILY ENGAGEMENT- The term ‘family engagement’ means a shared responsibility of families and schools for student success, in which schools and community-based organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families, especially parents of non-Native English speakers, in meaningful ways that encourage the families to actively support their children’s learning and development, as well as the learning and development of other children. The shared responsibility is continuous from birth through young adulthood and reinforces learning that takes place in the home, school, and community.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) HIGHLY QUALIFIED- The term ‘highly qualified’ has the meaning given the term in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (
(A) children from families with incomes below the poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981) applicable to a family of the size involved; orCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) instructional excellence through observations and other evidence of classroom practice, including standards-based evaluations, such as certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(8) TEACHER PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT- The term ‘teacher performance assessment’ means a program, based on State or national professional teaching standards, that will measure teachers’ curriculum planning, instruction, and assessment of students, including appropriate plans and adaptations for English language learners and students with disabilities, and multiple sources of evidence about student learning. Such assessment will be validated against professional assessment standards and reliably scored by trained external evaluators with appropriate auditing of scoring to ensure consistency.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(9) TEACHING CREDENTIAL- The term ‘teaching credential’ means a program of instruction for individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree, that does not lead to a graduate degree, and that consists of courses required by a State for a teacher candidate to receive a professional certification or license that is required for employment as a teacher in an elementary school or secondary school in that State.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink