NC Quest Proposals

NC QUEST - NC's ESEA Title II-A Improving Teacher Quality Grants - Cycle XV (2016-2018)

In January 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was signed into law, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.  No Child Left Behind ushered in many changes, not the least of which was the revised "Title II," which placed major emphasis on teacher quality as a factor in improving student achievement.  In 2016, Congress again reauthorized ESEA and replaced NCLB with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  ESSA, when fully implemented, will eliminate Title II-A funding for NC QUEST projects.  However, the phased-in implementation of ESSA will continue funding of NC QUEST Title II-A activities through 2018.  This funding extension will support one final round of NC QUEST Cycle XV projects.

Title II-A, "Improving Teacher Quality State Grants" aims 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. This new program replaced the previous requirement to focus on professional development for mathematics and science (i.e., the Eisenhower Program) in favor of support for high quality professional development across all core academic subjects. The importance of math and science remains a high priority, but many other activities are now allowed as well.

Title II-A provides funds to State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and state agencies for higher education (SAHEs) on a formula basis, as follows:

  • (Subpart 1) 95% to LEAs (distributed through the SEA) to support teacher and principal quality improvement;
  • (Subpart 2) 2.5%, to SEAs, for similar purposes, but on a statewide scale;
  • (Subpart 3) 2.5% to SAHEs, to award competitive grants to eligible partnerships comprised of, at minimum, an institution of higher education (IHE) (including representation from both the division responsible for teacher preparation as well as at least one department from the arts and sciences), and one or more high-need LEAs and/or  charter schools.

As part of NC's extended appropriations under ESSA, the US Department of Education directly  allocated over $1.2 million to NC's SAHE to make awards, through a competitive statewide "subgranting" process, to eligible IHE-LEA partnerships for quality professional development.

In response, The University of North Carolina, through its Division of Academic and University Programs, and in partnership with the NC Department of Public Instruction, is issuing this request for proposals, entitled NC QUEST (North Carolina Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training).

NC QUEST RFP Cycle XV Documents for Download

NC QUEST - Cover Letter

NC QUEST - Request for Proposals

Cycle XV - High Need LEAs and Charter Schools

NC QUEST Frequently Asked Questions

Directions for electronically submitting or editing a Proposal


  1. Complete the Application (in MS Word format) contained in the Request for Proposals.
  2. Save the completed application to your local hard drive.
  3. Login (or create a new account) to access the system and Edit or Upload your Proposal to the review committee; if you need to attach multiple documents (such as scanned forms with signatures or supporting documentation), you may upload multiple documents. You will be prompted to Login to the site using the password and user ID created in step 3 if you have not already done so.

NOTE: If you opt to split the application into multiple documents, please upload the documents in the order in which they appear in the application: the first form should be uploaded, then the second, etc. This will assist us is processing your application in a more timely manner.


US Department of Education Resources:

No Child Left Behind web site

US DOE, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, No Child Left Behind: A Desktop Reference, 2002

No Child Left Behind. Improving Teacher Quality State Grants. Title II, Part A, Non-Regulatory Guidance (October 2006), the US DOE, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

North Carolina Resources:

 UNC General Administration

   NC QUEST web site

  UNC Center for School Leadership Development

  NC Department of Public Instruction - No Child Left Behind

  NC Department of Public Instruction - Areas/Resources - ACRE