Special Education_Studies and Evaluations

 

To assess the progress in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, including State and local efforts to provide (1) Free appropriate public education to children with disabilities; and (2) early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities who would be at risk of having substantial developmental delays if early intervention services were not provided.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
84.329
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Institute of Education Sciences
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Contracts)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Reports from the Evaluation of the IDEA Personnel Development Program (http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/disabilities_personnel.asp) and the National Evaluation of the IDEA Technical Assistance and Dissemination Program (http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/disabilities_idea2004.asp) were released in FY 2014,. Fiscal Year 2015: The last of three reports from the Study of School Accountability for Students with Disabilities was released in FY 2015 (http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/disabilities_students.asp). Fiscal Year 2016: AvailableFour studies are expected to be completed in FY 2016 (Evaluation of Response to Intervention Practices for Elementary School Reading, National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012, Study of Early Intervention and Special Education Services and Personnel, and National Evaluation of the IDEA Technical Assistance and Dissemination Program). Study reports will be available at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/disabilities.asp.
Authorization
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, Section 664, 20 U.S.C 1464.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants that have the ability and capacity to conduct scientifically valid evaluations are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities, and other individuals with disabilities, and their families benefit from this program.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The Department provides a forecast of contract opportunities on its website at http://www2.ed.gov/fund/contract/find/forecast.html and posts solicitations at FedBizOpps (FBO). Vendors may view a synopsis, download a solicitation, and register to receive notification of modifications to existing notices.
Award Procedure
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts. The Department will make awards to those companies that are determined to provide the best value to the government.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Appeals
Protests, disputes, and appeals related to contracts funded under this program are regulated under 48 CFR Part 33.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Awards are made to vendors whose proposals represent the combination of merit and cost that is most favorable to the government.
How may assistance be used?
1. Funds must be used to carry out activities identified in solicitations for contract awards.
2. Not applicable.
3. Not applicable.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Contractors submit deliverables for review. Invoices are submitted upon approval of deliverables in the case of fixed-priced deliverables, and together with monthly progress and expenditure reports in the case of cost-reimbursement tasks. Payment is made upon review and approval of each invoice. Cash reports are required as specified in the Performance Work Statement for each contract. Progress reports are required as specified in the Performance Work Statement for each contract. Expenditure reports are required as specified in the Performance Work Statement for each contract. Performance monitoring is required, and contractor performance information is gathered subject to 48 CFR Part 42, Subpart 42.15.
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
As stated in contract terms and conditions, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Typically from one to five years. Renewals are not applicable.. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Jonathan Jacobson, Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Ave.,NW, Suite 500J, Washington, District of Columbia 20208 Email: jonathan.jacobson@ed.gov Phone: (202) 208-3876.
Website Address
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee
Financial Information
Account Identification
91-1100-0-1-500.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $10,818,000; FY 15 est $10,818,000; and FY 16 est $13,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Between FY 2007 and FY 2014, 11 contracts were awarded and funded under this program, with an average total value of $7.5 million per contract.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Information on the program is available on the agency website at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/ and in Congressional budget justifications at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget16/justifications/w-ies.pdf.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Funding was used to support an impact evaluation of training in multi-tiered systems of support for behavior (MTSS-B) and a study of post high-school outcomes for youth with disabilities. Fiscal Year 2015: Funding supports the impact evaluation of training in multi-tiered systems of support for behavior, thea study of post high-school outcomes for youth with disabilities, the evaluation of preschool special education practices, and special education-related data collection for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study: Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011). Fiscal Year 2016: Funding will support the impact evaluation of training in multi-tiered systems of support for behavior, athe study of post high-school outcomes for youth with disabilities, the evaluation of preschool special education practices, and special-education-related data collection for both the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study: Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 and the Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2016-2017 (MGLS:2017). Any solicitations will be announced on the Federal Business Opportunities website (www.fbo.gov).