Special Education_Technical Assistance on State Data Collection

To provide technical assistance, where needed, to improve the capacity of States to meet the data collection requirements of the IDEA.

Examples of Funded Projects

Projects to help States develop modified achievement standards for children with disabilities and projects to help States develop alternate assessments for children with disabilities.

Agency - Department of Education

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.

Program Accomplishments

About 25 new and continuation awards are expected to be made from 2008 funds.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to support the objectives of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public and private agencies and organizations, including for profit and non-profit agencies and organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities, and other individuals with disabilities, and their families benefit from this program.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as a single point of contact in his or her State to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

The standard application forms as furnished by the Department and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. The program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by a panel of experts.


Deadlines are published in application notices in the Federal Register, and may be accessed through the Department's Website at http://www.ed.gov.


Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Part B, Sections 611(c) and 616(i), as amended. U.S.C. 1411 and U.S.C. 1416.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

90-120 days.




Awards may be renewed annually for up to five years throughout the project period of the award, depending upon the availability of appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically from 1 to 5 years. Renewals subject to the availability of appropriations.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports shall be made on an annual basis.

Final reports shall be made at the end of the grant award period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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.


The awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its award as stated in grant or contract terms and conditions.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $14,015,000,000; FY 08 est $15,000,000; and FY 09 est $15,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable because the range and average very by competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Division of Research to Practice, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2600. Contact: Larry Wexler. E-mail: larry.wexler@ed.gov. Telephone: (202) 245-7571.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210.

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