The purpose of the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) program is to improve student achievement; improve the quality of prospective and new teachers by improving the preparation of prospective teachers and enhancing professional development activities for new teachers; hold teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) accountable for preparing teachers who meet applicable State certification and licensure requirements; and recruit highly qualified individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force. TQP partnerships must include a high-need LEA or school and a higher education institution with a teacher professional development program with proven outcomes.