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Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
84.367 Supporting Effective Instruction State Grant

AUTHORIZATION:

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Title II, Part A.
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To provide grants to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) on a formula basis to increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools and hold local educational agencies and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Formula Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

95 percent of awards to SEAs must be used to make subgrants to LEAs for the following purposes: to assist schools in effectively recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers; to afford to LEAs the means of recruiting, hiring, and retaining teachers; to make available professional development activities that address subject matter knowledge; and other activities as set forth in Section 2123. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.563-76.569. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.

25 percent of awards to States must be used for projects carried out by partnerships of institutions of higher education (IHEs) and high-need LEAs.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   States with approved ESEA Consolidated State Plans.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Elementary and secondary schools, principals, students, parents, pupil services personnel and teachers will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation:   No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. An SEA is eligible for funding if it submits an application that includes Statewide activities based on scientifically based research and an explanation of why the activities will improve student academic achievement. The plan must: (1) assure compliance by LEAs; (2) assure that the activities are aligned with challenging State academic content, student academic achievement standards, State assessments, and State and local curricula; and (3) describe the use of the funds to improve the quality of the State's teachers and principals. The State Education Agency for Higher Education makes grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible partnerships to carry out as activities with the 25 percent of funding that is reserved for IHE-LEA partnerships.

Award Procedure:   The Department allocates funds to any State whose application the Secretary has "deemed approved" under conditions set forth in Section 2112 (c).

Deadlines:   Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

Not Applicable.

Appeals:   

The procedure of an appeal is described in ESEA section: 2112 (c), (d), and (e). Contact the program office for more information.

Renewals:   

Not Applicable.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

Statutory Formula: Title II, Part A.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Generally, awards to States are made from July 1 to September 30 of the following year. In addition, funds remain available to States for an additional fiscal year for obligation and expenditure. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) of State-administered programs (34 CFR part 76). Generally, SEAs are subject to the reporting requirements contained in Title IX of the ESEA, Consolidated State Performance Report Section 9303 (b). Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. The State will correct deficiencies in program operations that are identified through audits, monitoring, or evaluation. In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in the Appendix to 34 CFR 80, State and local governments that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $300,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to Part 80, or in accordance with Federal laws and regulations governing the programs in which they participate.

Records:   The State will maintain such records, provide such information to the Secretary, and afford such access to the records as the Secretary may find necessary to carry out the Secretary's duties. In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, States must maintain certain program records for 3 years.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

91-1000-0-1-501.

Obligations:   (Formula Grants) FY 08 $2,935,248,441; FY 09 est $2,947,749,000; FY 10 est $2,947,749,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

FY 15 est: Range: $10,833,470 - $254,340,274; Average: $43,474,114

FY 16: Range: $10,633,734 - $249,340,060; Average: $42,705,901

FY 17: Range: $10,679,147 - $252,007,111; Average: $42,622,356.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Contact the Program Office for additional information.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Roberta Miceli Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW,, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: roberta.miceli@ed.gov Phone: (202) 453-7019

Web Site Address:  
http://www.ed.gov/programs/teacherqual/index.html

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2015: Information provided by SEAs and LEAs on the uses of funds is available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherqual/resources.html. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

After consultation with the governor, an SEA submits a consolidated application and is not required to submit separate applications. The Secretary shall require only descriptions, information, assurances (including assurances of compliance with applicable provisions regarding participation by private school children and teachers), and other materials that are necessary for the consideration of a consolidated State application. Contact the Program Office for additional information.

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