Title II Reporting
The end of the 20th century marked the beginning
of an era marked by increased accountability in education. The Title II Reporting State Reporting User Manual (2004) presents an overview of the background and procedures required by education programs, individual states and the federal government to report on efforts toward producing highly qualified teachers:
Good teaching is key to student achievement.
As the public demands improved schools and increased student achievement, teachers' knowledge and skills are more important than ever before. More than half of the 2.2 million teachers that America's schools will need to hire over the next 10 years will be first-time teachers, and they will need to be well-prepared for the challenges of today's classrooms. For these reasons, the nation's attention has increasingly focused on the role that institutions of higher education and states play in ensuring that new teachers have the content knowledge and teaching skills they need to teach all students to high standards
In October 1998, Congress voiced its concern for
the quality of teacher preparation by enacting Title II of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Title II authorizes new federal grant programs that support the efforts of states, institutions of higher education, and their school district partners to improve the recruitment, preparation, and support of new teachers. Title II also includes new accountability measures in the form of reporting requirements for institutions and states on teacher preparation and licensing.
Section 207 of Title II requires the annual preparation
and submission of three reports on teacher preparation and licensing: one from institutions to states, a second from states to the U.S. Secretary of Education, and a third from the Secretary to Congress and the public. The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics has prepared this Reference and Reporting Guide for all institutional, state, and testing organization personnel who will participate in this public reporting of information.
Higher education institutions began gathering data
(from the previous academic year) in 2001, and every year thereafter. Complete information is available in the Wilkes University Education Department Office.