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Oregon's University/School Partnerships program is a project of the federal No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part A, Teacher and Principal Quality Training and Recruiting Fund.

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Background

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 became law January 8, 2002. The Act substantially revised the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Its goal is to reduce the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their peers. It is based on four basic principles: 1) stronger accountability for results; 2) expanded state and local flexibility and reduced "red tape;" 3) expanded choices for parents; and 4) focusing resources on proven educational methods, particularly in reading instruction.

These principles are aimed to produce fundamental reforms in classrooms throughout America. The new Act provides officials and educators at the school, district, and state level flexibility to plan and implement school programs that will help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. At the same time, the reauthorized Act holds school officials accountable to parents, students, and the public for achieving results.

University/School Partnerships

NCLB authorizes the funding of higher education partnerships in each state through Title II, Part A, Teacher and Principal Quality Training and Recruiting Fund. The purpose of Title II, Part A, is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and school districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified. Title II, Part A, provides for K-12 teacher and principal recruitment, induction, and professional development support through K-16 partnerships. NCLB specifies that a partnership may use the funds for:
  • professional development for teachers and principals in "core academic subjects" defined as:
      English, reading, language arts        mathematics
      science foreign languages
      civics, government economics
      arts history, geography

  • assistance to local education agencies in providing specific kinds of professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals or principals that will improve teaching and learning (e.g., standards and assessment alignment, pedagogy, turnkey training).

  • leadership skills for principals.
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