Grants for State Assessments and Related Activities
The purpose of this program is: (1) To support the development of the additional State assessments and standards required by Section 1111(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended; and (2) if a State has developed the assessments and standards required by Section 1111(b), then to support the administration of those assessments or to carry out other activities related to ensuring that the State's schools and local education agencies are held accountable for results.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title VI, Part A, Subpart I, Section 6111.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State educational agencies with either: (1) An approved consolidated application that includes an application for funds under Section 6111 or (2) an approved Title I Part A application that includes an application for funds under Section 6111.
States and local educational agencies.
This program is included for coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
The Department will allocate funds to any State whose State application submission demonstrates that funds will be used for covered activities and that costs associated with those activities are reasonable.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 30-90 days.
If the Department disapproves a State's application for funds authorized by Section 6111, the State has the right to a hearing in accordance with Section 76.202 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
States with approved applications will automatically receive grant awards for any year for which there is an appropriation for the program.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
State educational agencies must use these funds to carry out the responsibilities described in Section 6111 of the ESEA. Funds may be used to support the development of the additional State assessments and standards required by Section 1111(b) of the ESEA or, if a State has developed the assessments and standards required by Section 1111(b), then to support the administration of those assessments or to carry out other activities related to ensuring that the State's schools and local educational agencies are held accountable for results.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Grantees are subject to the reporting requirements contained in Parts 76 and 80 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). States receive awards under this program are required to respond to any questions that the Department asks in its annual Consolidated State Performance Report survey. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
All grantees must maintain and complete records in accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title VI, Part A, Subpart 1. Under Title VI, Part A, funds appropriated for State Assessment Grants are distributed to the States through a formula under which each State receives $3 million and any amounts remaining are distributed based on each State’s relative share of the total population of children aged 5 through 17.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards of funds are available for obligation for a maximum of 27 months. They become available to the Department on July 1, and are awarded to States on or about that date. They remain available for obligation under the initial period of availability for 15 months (until September 30, of the following fiscal year). Under section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act, any funds that remain unobligated may be carried over for obligation for an additional 12 months. Funds for succeeding fiscal years, if appropriated, will follow a similar timeline. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Monique Chism Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., , Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (20) 260-1824
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $369,051,480; FY 15 est $369,051,480; and FY 16 est $369,051,480
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2015 range of awards to States: $3,279,231-$28,595,203; average $7,026,172,.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Parts 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. 34 CFR Parts 200 and 300. Nonregulatory guidance concerning Titl I, Part A assessment requirements is available at http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/saa.html.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available