FOCUS on Student Achievement Project

The FOCUS program targets schools where student achievement is close to meeting annual measurable objectives as set by their state s achievement test and where additional resources could facilitate achievement of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by Public Law 107-110, the No Child Left Behind
Act of 2001.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2010: Dilcon Community received a grant for $273,492.

Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available.

Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See BIE Education Line Officers" addresses in Appendix IV of the Catalog.


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2010: Twelve schools (12) of the Bureau s 183 schools received funds through contracts or grants. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

FOCUS funds may be used for staff development and to implement proven instructional strategies designed to achieve annual growth for all students and "catch-up" growth for students performing below grade level expectations in reading and math.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and tribal organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments on reservations with Bureau-funded schools may apply to administer the program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Children between the ages of 5 and 21 who are members of or are at least a one-fourth degree Indian blood descendant of a member of an Indian tribe which is eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Affairs to Indians because of their status as Indians.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The Tribe should contact the Education Line Officer.

Award Procedures

The BIE conducts a thorough review of all BIE schools AYP status and data. The BIE then funds schools who meet the criteria of: at the cusp of nearly meeting AYP status with additional funds support. After review, applications will be submitted no later than June 1 of the year in which the applicant wishes to begin the program.

Deadlines

Jun 01, 2011 June 01, 2011 applications should be submitted no later than June 1 of the year in which the applicant wishes to begin the program.

Authorization

Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.; Indian Education Amendments of 1978, Public Law 95-561, 25 U.S.C. 2001 et seq.; Tribally Controlled Schools Act, 25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.; The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Public Law 107-110, 20 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications by Tribal governments to administer the program will be processed within 90 days; and or after AYP determination is made by BIE.

Appeals

Tribal Governments wishing to appeal should write to the Director, Bureau of Indian Education. Appeals beyond this level are covered by 25 CFR Part 2.

Renewals

Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor/grantee. Funds are added to the recipient school s Public Law 100-297 Grant or Public Law 93-638 Contract on July 1. Awards to Tribal Governments to administer the program may be renewed every year based upon satisfactory performance. A notice of intent to participate should be submitted yearly.

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

Awards are made on an annual basis based on satisfactory performance, and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor or grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports, annual participation data, and other program data requested are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Federal Financial Report, SF 425 is required.

Performance monitoring is applicable.

Audits

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.

Records

Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-2100-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 10 $791,135; FY 11 $800,000; FY 12 $800,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In Fiscal Year 2010 the average grant was $198,227, minimum grant was $95,515, and maximum grant was $273,492.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Use of funds must meet the purpose and intent of funding.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See BIE Education Line Officers" addresses in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Debbie Lente-Jojola Bureau of Indian Education, Division of Performance and Accountability, BIA Building 2, 1011 Indian School Road, N.W., 3rd Floor, Suite 332, , Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104 Phone: (505) 563-5258

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are selected based on school performance as measured by their state s achievement test and the review of the team appointed by the Coordinator.



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