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Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program

Shooting Star For more than twenty years the Commission has been responsible for conducting grant competitions and supporting initiatives that target improving the curriculum knowledge and instructional competence of the California teaching workforce. The current program is the Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program, part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 .

Note: Current grant competition information can be found in What Is New In CPEC ITQ


Improving Teacher Quality Program

"The primary goal of each grant is to improve teachers' pedagogical and academic content knowledge through a program of rigorous professional development."

    What's New In CPEC ITQ


Improving Teacher Quality Grants

Evaluation Research & Dissemination

As described in the ABOUT ITQ section of this website, the Improving Teacher Quality State Grants (ITQ) was established under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Building on the success of fifteen years of the Eisenhower State Grant Program, NCLB left the program largely intact making just one potentially far-ranging change: all proposals and projects must be evidence-based. California has led the way in implementing this new requirement. Each of the five RFPs issued by the California Postsecondary Education Commission under the ITQ program have required projects to draw from, and be based upon, scientifically-based research. Each must include an evaluation research and dissemination plan for adding to the existing research base. Today, the Commission funds more than 40 projects engaged in high quality professional development with an integrated research component-a "project-within-a-project" seeking to determine if and how that professional development led to increases in student achievement.

In 2008, Commission ITQ staff led by Howard Levine wrote and published the monograph Examining Educational Experiments: A Field Guide for Scientifically Based Research. It contains a wealth of information on how the research component of an ITQ grant is conducted.

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