TEACHER QUALITY COMMITTEES
Common questions and answers about TQCs.
Q: Is our School District still required to have a Teacher Quality Committee?
A: Yes. The Iowa Legislature established Teacher Quality Committees (TQC) in each school district and Area Education Agency in 2007. Teacher Quality Committees were established through Iowa Legislation to determine the use and distribution of the professional development funds to a school district, individual teacher and professional development plans.
Q: Does our local education association have input as to “who” is on the Teacher Quality Committee?
A: Yes. The law requires each district and AEA to create a teacher quality committee with equal representation of administrators and teachers. The number of members on the committee is not defined, however, the teacher members are appointed by the local certified employee organization (ISEA).
Q: What are the five (5) responsibilities of the Teacher Quality Committee?
A: 1. Monitor the implementation of the requirements of statutes and administrative code provisions relating to this chapter (284), including requirements that affect any agreement negotiated pursuant to Chapter 20.
2. Monitor the evaluation requirements of this chapter to ensure evaluations are conducted in a fair and consistent manner throughout the school district or agency. The committee shall develop model evidence for the Iowa teaching standards and criteria. The model evidence will minimize paperwork and focus on teacher improvement. The model evidence will determine which standards and criteria can be met with observation and which evidence meets multiple standards and criteria.
3. Determine the use and distribution of the professional development funds calculated and paid to the school district or agency as provided in section 257.9 or section 257.10 based upon school district or agency, attendance center, and individual teacher and professional development plans.
4. Monitor the professional development in each attendance center to ensure that the professional development meets school district or agency, attendance center, and individual professional development plans.
5. Determine the compensation for teachers on the committee for work responsibilities required beyond the normal work day.
Q: Does our local education association have input on how the Teacher Quality Professional Development funds are spent?
Q: Where can I learn more information about Teacher Quality Committees?
A: ISEA members should contact their UniServ Director for more detailed information about Teacher Quality Committees. The ISEA has a variety of supportive materials and tools available that were developed by ISEA staff members working in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Education, School Administrators of Iowa, and the Iowa Association of School Boards. Your UniServ Director can provide additional guidance from the IA DE; training materials provided by the department and ISEA; suggested agendas for use by TQCs; and tools for monitoring evaluation, professional development, the use of professional development funds, and mentoring and induction.
The Iowa Department of Education also provides guidance at this link.