One comprehensive regional assistance center has set as its goal the implementation of a system of sustained and comprehensive support that improves teaching and learning in schools in the region, resulting in high academic achievement for all students, particularly those at risk of educational failure.
The center provides support and professional development and assistance to schools; operates a coordinated system of technical assistance with partners at the local, State and national levels; and provides technical assistance and research-based information supported by technology.
In working with client educational agencies, the center uses awareness of the need for change, greater responsibility for student achievement, requirements of recent legislation and the promise of technology as openings to help move clients from token or tentative reform measures to more comprehensive ones.
Consistent with statutory priorities, the center concentrates on assisting school-wide programs and those who serve children from high-poverty schools.
The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.
Awards were made to 21 centers.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The Comprehensive Centers consist of 21 centers, including 16 regional centers and 5 content centers.
Grantees are required to develop five-year plans for carrying out authorized activities that address state and regional needs.
The 16 regional centers provide services primarily to State educational agencies to enable them to assist school districts, regional education agencies, and schools, especially low-performing schools.
Each regional center provides training and technical assistance in: the implementation and administration of programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the use of scientifically valid teaching methods and assessment tools in mathematics, science, reading and language arts.
The 5 content centers focus on specific areas, with one center in each of five areas: accountability, instruction, teacher quality, innovation and improvement, and high schools.
These centers supply much of the research-based information and products in the specific area that regional centers use when working with states.
Research organizations, institutions, agencies, institutions of higher education (IHEs), or partnerships among such entities, or individuals that have the expertise to provide training to States, school districts, and schools may apply.
Agencies supporting or providing elementary and secondary education will benefit, including state and local educational agencies, schools, Indian tribes, community-based organizations, and other recipients of funds under ESEA.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Applications or proposals must be prepared and submitted in accordance with applicable program announcements.
After completion of competitive review of applications, the Department makes the final decision on the approval and funding of applications.
Contact the headquarters for application deadlines.
Education Technical Assistance Act of 2002, Section 203.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Approximately 60 to 120 days.
Awards are made for up to five years, subject to the availablity of appropriations.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants may be awarded for up to five years subject to the availability of funds and performance by the grantee.
Post Assistance Requirements
Specified reporting requirements are included in the grant or cooperative agreement document.
As required by EDGAR, 34 CFR 74.
Records must be kept for three years after the completion of the activity that grant funds were used.
(Grants) FY 07 $56,257,000; FY 08 est $57,114,000; and FY 09 est $57,114,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For fiscal year 2007, the average award was $2,678,893. Range $860,000 - $6,039,909.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regulations applicable to this program are in The Department of Education's General Administrative Regulations (34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86).
Regional or Local Office
Department of Education, OESE, School Support and Technology Programs, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington DC 20202-6140. Contact: Fran Walter. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone: (202) 205-9198.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria include: (1) Meeting the purpose of the authorizing statue; (2) extent of need for the center; (3) plan of operation; (4) quality of key personnel; (5) budget and cost-effectiveness; (6) evaluation plan; and (7) adequacy of resources.