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.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The Race-to-the-Top Incentive grants will reward States that have made significant progress in improving the equitable distribution of qualified teachers; establishing longitudinal data systems; enhancing the quality of assessments; including English language learners and students with disabilities in State assessments; improving academic content and achievement standards; and providing effective support to schools identified for corrective action and restructuring.
Each State receiving an incentive grant shall use at least 50 percent of its grant to provide subgrants to school districts based on their relative shares of funding under Title I for the most recent year.
State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Elementary/Secondary Education
State; Local; Education Professional; Student/Trainee; School; Education (0-8); Education (9-12)
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The States must submit an application describing the status of the State s progress in improving the equitable distribution of qualified teachers; establishing longitudinal data systems; enhancing the quality of assessments; including English language learners and students with disabilities in State assessments; improving academic content and achievement standards; and providing effective support to schools identified for corrective action and restructuring. In addition, the application must include a description of the strategies the State is employing to help ensure that students in subgroups that have not met the State s proficiency targets continue to make progress toward meeting the State s student academic achievement standards; the achievement and graduation rates of public elementary and secondary students and strategies the State is employing to help ensure that all subgroups of students continue making progress toward meeting the State s student academic achievement standards; how the State would use its grant funding to improve student academic achievement in the State, including how it will allocate the funds to give priority to high-need local educational agencies; and a plan for evaluating the State s progress in closing achievement gaps.
The Department of Education will determine which States receive State Incentive grants and the amount of those grants, on the basis of the States applications under section 14005 and other criteria the Department determines appropriate, which may include a State s need for assistance. The Department will make State Incentive awards in FY 2010.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Title XIV (Public Law 111-5]).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards will be made in FY 2010. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.
Post Assistance Requirements
The Comptroller General shall conduct evaluations of the State Incentive Grants including criteria used for awards made, States selected for awards, award amounts, how awards were used, and impact of this funding on the progress made toward closing achievement gaps.
Additional reporting requirements will be included in grant documents.
Contact the program office for information.
Cash reports are not applicable.
Progress reports are not applicable.
Expenditure reports are not applicable.
Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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. All grantees are subject to the provisions of the Single Audit Act, 31 U.S. Code 75, and OMB circular A-133.
Each recipient must maintain records that fully disclose the total cost of the activity for which the funds are used, the share of the cost provided from other sources, and other such records as will facilitate an effective financial or programmatic audit. The recipient shall maintain such records for 3 years after the completion of the activity for which funds are used.
(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $0; FY 10 est $4,350,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
To be determined.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
ED will issue guidance for this program. Contact the program office for information.
Regional or Local Office
James Butler Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washingon 20202 Email: James.Butler@ed.gov Phone: (202) 260-9737
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria will be contained in the program guidance.