Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants (formerly Improving Teacher Quality State Grants)
To provide grants to State Educational Agencies (SEAs), and, through the SEAs, to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in order to increase student academic achievement consistent with challenging State academic standards; improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders; increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools; and provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders. (Under the antecedent program, State agencies for higher education also were eligible grantees. State agencies for higher education are no longer eligible grantees.) NOTE: The program was reauthorized by P.L. 114-95. The provisions listed here reflect changes made to the program and are applicable for awards made with FY 2017 and subsequent year funds.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, Title II, Part A
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
NOTE: State Educational Agencies (SEAs) are the only eligible State agencies. The 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Bureau of Indian Education, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marianas, and the Virgin Islands receive funding.
Elementary and secondary schools, teachers, paraprofessionals, principals and other school leaders; and students will benefit.
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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An SEA is eligible for funding if it submits either a consolidated State application under ESEA section 8302 that includes information the U.S. Department of Education requires (a description of how the funds will be used, the State's system of certification and licensing, the State's plans to improve the skills of educators, how the State will use of data and ongoing consultation, and any State actions to improve teacher preparation), or a program application under ESEA section 2101(d) that contains a number of descriptions including how funds will be used, the State's certification and licensing of teachers and school leaders, and how activities are both aligned with challenging State academic standards and expected to improve student achievement. Program applications must also include descriptions of plans to improve the skills of educators, use of data and ongoing consultation, plans to encourage educator autonomy and flexibility, and actions to improve teacher preparation. The program application also must contain assurances that the SEA will (1) assure compliance by LEAs; (2) work in consultation with the entity responsible for teacher and leader professional standards, certification, and licensing; and (3) comply with requirements for equitable participation of private school children and teachers. Under ESEA section 2102, the SEA makes subgrants to LEAs on a formula basis. Contact the program office for additional information.
The Department awards funds to any SEA with an approved application under Section 2101(d) of the ESEA (program application) or under section 8302 (consolidated State applications).
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Contact the headquarters or regional office.
Contact the headquarters or regional office.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
SEAs and LEAs have flexibility to carry out a wide variety of activities, consistent with their specific needs. The activities listed below are examples of SEA and LEA allowable uses of funds under ESEA sections 2101(c) and 2103(b). For a complete list of allowable activities under the ESEA, please see sections 2101(c) and 2103(b) of the statute (https://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherqual/legislation.html). Generally, SEAs must use at least 95 percent of awards for subgrants to LEAs; LEAs may use the funds to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive programs and activities to improve teacher and school leader quality, including developing and improving rigorous and fair evaluation and support systems; implement initiatives to assist in recruiting, hiring, and retaining effective teachers, especially in low-income schools that particularly need assistance; promote teacher leadership; recruit qualified individuals from other fields; reduce class size; provide high-quality, personalized professional development; and develop feedback mechanisms to improve school working conditions. States may reserve up to 5 percent of the total SEA award for allowable State activities, which include, among others, reforming certification and licensing systems and programs, helping LEAs design and implement teacher and school leader evaluation and support systems, improving equitable access to effective teachers, and providing technical assistance to LEAs. (SEAs may reserve up to 2% of total State funding for teacher, principal, or other school leader preparation academies.) States may use no more than 1 percent of the total SEA award for administration. In addition, SEAs are permitted to reserve up to 3 percent of the amount of funds initially reserved for LEA subgrants for State activities for principals and other school leaders. Under ESEA section 2301, this program is subject to non-supplanting requirements; therefore, grantees must use a restricted indirect cost rate that is described in 34 CFR 76.563-76.569. For assistance on indirect costs call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The Department has performance measures for the program; contact the program office for more information.
Nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance less than $500,000 in a fiscal year must keep records available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal government.
SEAs and LEAs must maintain program records for 3 years from the date those agencies submit to the awarding agency its single or last expenditure report for the period for which it received the funds. A longer retention period is required under specified conditions.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Statutory Formula: In FY 2019, each SEA received 57.13% of the amount of funds that it received under the antecedent Eisenhower Professional Development State Grants and Class Size Reduction programs in fiscal year 2001, totaling around $2.1 billion. Remaining funds were allocated to SEAs by formula, with 25 percent of remaining allocations based on States’ relative shares of the population age 5 to 17, and 75 percent based on States’ relative shares of children age 5 to 17 from low-income families. Each SEA must receive at least one-half of 1 percent of these remaining funds. The Bureau of Indian Education in the Department of the Interior and the Outlying Areas each receive one-half of 1 percent of the appropriation. In subsequent years, the percentage of funding distributed based on the antecedent programs is reduced; in addition, the proportion distributed on the State’s relative share of children ages 5 through 17 below the poverty line increases, and the proportion allocated on the basis of the State’s relative number of children ages 5 through 17 decreases.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: Under ESEA section 8521, this program has Maintenance of Effort requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, awards to SEAs are available for obligation at the Federal level from July 1 to September 30 of the following year. In addition, funds remain available to SEAs for an additional fiscal year for obligation and expenditure. See the following for how funds are transferred: Other. Funds are transferred through the Department of Education grant system, with notification of the transfer sent to the grantees in the form of a Grant Award Notification (GAN).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$2,055,830,000.00; FY 19 est $2,055,830,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$2,055,830,000.00; FY 16$2,255,837,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 18: Range: $9,789,945 to $230,422,543 (for State awards); Average: $38,944,141 FY 19: Range: $9,857,080 to $229,489,744 (for State awards); Average $38,944,141 FY 20: Not applicable
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, applies to this program. (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 76, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474. Contact the program office for additional information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
Information provided by SEAs and LEAs on the uses of funds is available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherqual/resources.html.