Grants for State Assessments and Related Activities

 

The purpose of this program is: to pay the costs of developing the standards and high-quality assessments required by Title I of the ESEA. Once a State has put in place those standards and assessments, it may use program funds to pay for the administration of the assessments and for other activities related to ensuring that the State?s schools and LEAs are held accountable for results and helping students attain challenging academic standards linked to college- and career-readiness. Such activities may include, among other things, developing standards and assessments in subjects other than those required by Title I, refining State assessments to ensure continued alignment with standards, expanding the range of testing accommodations for students with disabilities and for English Learner students, developing multiple measures to ensure the validity and reliability of State assessments, and using academic assessment instruments such as performance and technology-based assessments or computer adaptive assessments to better reflect the kind of complex work students do in an effective classroom and the real world.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
84.369
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2020 No Current Data Available.
Authorization
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title 1, Part B, Section 1201
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State educational agencies.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States and local educational agencies.
Credentials/Documentation
This program is included for coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
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.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 30-90 days.
Appeals
If the Department disapproves a State's application for funds authorized by Section 1201, the State has the right to a hearing in accordance with Section 76.202 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
Renewals
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?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
State educational agencies must use these funds to carry out the responsibilities described in Section 1201 of the ESEA. Funds may be used to support the development of the 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 improving the quality of those assessments.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
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.
Records
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 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 assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. Electronic transfer
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Patrick Rooney
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
patrick.rooney@ed.gov
Phone: (202)453-5514
Website Address
http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/saa.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
91-1000-0-1-501
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 18$369,100,000.00; FY 19 est $369,100,000.00; FY 20 est $369,100,000.00; FY 17$369,051,480.00; FY 16$369,051,480.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2018 range of awards to States: $3,306,849-$28,444,134 average $7,027,096. FY 2019 range of awards to States: $3,317,183-$28,368,797 average $7,027,096. FY 2020 range of awards to States: $3,317,183-$28,368,797 average $7,027,096.
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 Title I, Part A assessment requirements is available at http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/saa.html.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2020 No Current Data Available.