Federal Policy and Legislation

Teacher Quality Partnership Grants

The Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant program, authorized in Title II of the Higher Education Act, is the only federal grant program designed to strengthen and reform teacher preparation in concert with higher education.

TQP grants support the preparation of effective teachers for high-need schools and high-need subject areas. Under this program, partnerships between institution of higher education and high-need schools and districts compete for funding to develop master's-level residency programs or to reform undergraduate preservice preparation programs, including extending the clinical practice to a full year.

Funding for this program is currently at risk. The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) bill with $43.1 million for the Teacher Quality Partnership grant program. However, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations did not fund the TQP program. During the House markup of the FY17 Labor-H bill, an amendment to restore funding for the program failed. Since the two bills have drastically different funding numbers, negotiations are expected to determine a final funding level. As the FY17 appropriations process unfolds, AACTE will continue to advocate to maintain the $43.1 million for the program.

Program Highlights

  • Grantees are partnerships among institutions of higher education, high-need local education agencies, high-need schools, and other eligible entities that work together to develop a pipeline of effective new teachers.
  • Grantees must provide extensive clinical preparation to teacher candidates.
  • Grantees must provide an induction program for at least the first 2 years of a graduate’s teaching career.
  • Candidates participating in teaching residency programs are provided financial aid and commit to teach for at least 3 years in high-need fields in the high-need district where they were prepared.
  • All candidates must be prepared to teach students with disabilities, to teach English language learners, and to teach literacy strategies.
  • Grantees are expected to maintain the reforms even after funding ends, and they must provide a 100% funding match.

Download the TQP grant fact sheet for more information on the program and the list of institutions currently participating.

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