Federal Policy and Legislation

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

In December 2015, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which authorizes federal programs that support and regulate PK-12 public education. The new bill is titled the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Title II of ESSA, "Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers, Principals, or Other School Leaders," authorizes programs at the local, state, and national levels to support the preparation and professional development of school personnel.

Title II is composed of a state allotment (Part A) and competitive grant programs (Part B). The allotment of Title II-A funds for each state is administered by the state education agency, and 95% of the allotment goes to local education agencies for programming, with the other 5% at the state level for programming. The law offers 16 allowable uses of funds at the local level and 21 allowable uses of funds at the state level. In addition, Title II offers national competitive grant programs: the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program, Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation, American History and Civics Education, and Programs of National Significance. Multiple opportunities exist for educator preparation to engage with PK-12 partners and other stakeholders to strengthen and transform programs through the Title II-A grants that goes to each state.

The clock is ticking!

Each state must submit a Consolidated State Plan (CSP) explaining how they intend to use Title I and Title II funds to the U.S. Department of Education by either April 3 or September 18, 2017.

It is critical that educator preparation professionals engage with state education agencies, PK–12 colleagues, and other education stakeholders to continue to strengthen and reform teacher preparation through Title II of ESSA. AACTE encourages members to be proactive to ensure that teacher preparation is at the table throughout the new law’s implementation process. If your state has already turned in its CSP, be sure to review and see if there are opportunities in which you can engage. If the CSP is being submitted in September – get at the table!

Need some guidance on how to get started? Download a quick reference guide here.

Keep up to date on the status of funding for Title II-A allotments here.

Quick References and Resources

Last Updated July 2017

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