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Improving Teacher Quality State Grants

Number: 84.367
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
84.367 Improving Teacher Quality State Grants
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education
Authorization (040):
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Title II, Part A.
Objectives (050):
To provide grants to State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), State agencies for higher education (SAHEs) and, though SAHEs, to eligible partnerships in order to increase student academic achievement through such strategies as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom.
Types of Assistance (060):
FORMULA GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
SEAs must use 95 percent of awards for 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 of the ESEA. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements for all but subgrants to partnerships, and all but partnerships must use a restricted indirect cost rate which 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. SEAs retain 2.5 percent of award to conduct State-level activities and 2.5 percent is given to SAHEs for competitive projects carried out by partnerships of institutions of higher education (IHEs) and high-need LEAs. One percent of the total award for each State is divided between the SEAs and SAHE for administrative activities.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
State educational agencies (SEAs) and State agencies for higher education (SAHEs) in States with approved applications.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Elementary and secondary schools, teachers, and paraprofessionals, principals, students, parents, and pupil services personnel will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
OMB Circular No. A-21 applies to grantees that are institutions of higher education.
OMB Circular No. A-122 applies to grantees that are non-profit organizations.
OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
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 Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. 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 SEA makes subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) on a formula basis. The SAHE makes subgrants, on a competitive basis, to eligible IHE-LEA partnerships to carry out as activities with funding that is reserved for partnerships.
Award Procedure (093):
The Department awards funds to any State whose application the Secretary has approved under Section 2112(c) of the ESEA (in the Title II, Part A program statute) or under section 9302 (consolidated State applications). In FY11, all SEAS and SAHEs chose to apply for, and receive funds under, criteria the Department established for consolidated applications. Unless the Department chooses to require amendments to consolidated applications, the Department's approval is for the entire period of the ESEA's authorization.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Not Applicable.
Appeals (096):
As all consolidated State applications have been approved, appeal procedures are inapplicable. Appeals regarding SAHE's denial of an application for a subgrant would go to the SAHE, as permitted under State law and procedures.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Title II, Part A.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Generally, awards to States are available for obligation at the Federal level 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. IHE-LEA partnerships that receive funds from a SAHE have the same period for obligation and expenditure of their awarded funds as does the SAHE.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for 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. No performance monitoring is required.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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.
Records (113):
As provided in 34 CFR 80.42, and 74.53, SEAs, SAHEs, LEAs and IHE-LEA partnerships 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.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Formula Grants) FY 12 $2,466,567,300; FY 13 est $2,337,830,286; and FY 14 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
2012: Range: $11,493,668 - $270,253,991; Average: $46,013,339.
2013: Range: $10,869,261 - $254,873,803; Average: $43,611,774.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Contact the Program Office for additional information.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Elizabeth Witt, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: elizabeth.witt@ed.gov Phone: (202) 260-5585
Website Address (153):
http://www.ed.gov/programs/teacherqual/index.html.
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Inapplicable to SEAs and SAHEs because the Department has approved consolidated State applications through the end of the authorization of the ESEA, and has no plans for requiring amendments. SAHEs determine the criteria for making competitive awards to IHE-LEA partnerships. Contact the SAHE for additional information.