What is North TIER

North TIER is a 501(c), non-profit collaborative partnership between 14 Northern Virginia and 1 Maryland preK-12 public and independent school divisions, higher educational partners (Germanna Community College and Colorado State University Online.) Located in the northeastern region of the Commonwealth of Virginia, North TIER Partnership was started by the 2002 Enhancing Education Through Technology Grant (EETT) awarded by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education through the No Child Left Behind act. The North TIER Partnership represents large, moderate-sized, and small school divisions as well as other educational institutions. In all, North TIER represents over one-third of all preK-12 students in the Commonwealth of Virginia and represents the diversity of experience, need, and capacity of the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. We now are joined by Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland.


The purpose of the original partnership was to provide high-quality professional development to administrators, specialists, teachers, and technology specialists in order to improve technology use and student achievement. Now in a second phase of this project, North TIER is continuing its growth and has become a self-sustaining entity. North TIER is one of only a handful of successful partnerships among school divisions. The North TIER members represent a unique model of collaboration and connection between public and private all drawn together by regional locale and passion about technology in education.

The University of Virginia released a capstone report on the effectiveness of North TIER. The report evaluated the effectiveness of North TIER’s three pillars of activities: professional development courses, mini-grants and conferences. These three pillars comprise the current mission of North TIER. In terms of effectiveness, the findings reported: