Race to the Top - District Grants

To fund local educational agencies in the development and implementation of strategies, structures and systems with personalized, student-focused approaches to teaching and learning that use collaborative, data-based strategies and tools to deliver instruction and supports tailored to the needs and goals
of each student, with the goal of enabling all students to graduate college- and career-ready.

Related Programs


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

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To fund local educational agencies in the development and implementation of strategies, structures and systems with personalized, student-focused approaches to teaching and learning that use collaborative, data-based strategies and tools to deliver instruction and supports tailored to the needs and goals of each student, with the goal of enabling all students to graduate college- and career-ready.

Grants will provide funding for local educational agencies (LEAs), or a consortium of LEAs, to create student centered learning environments that are designed to: significantly improve teaching and learning through the personalization of strategies, tools, and supports for teachers and students that are aligned with college-and career-ready standards; increase the effectiveness of educators, and expand student access to the most effective educators in order to raise student achievement; decrease the achievement gap across student groups; and increase the rates at which students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only local educational agencies or a consortium of LEAs are eligible applicants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, local educational agencies, public elementary and secondary schools, students, parents and teachers will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation

Circular A-87 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants are encouraged to notify the program office of its intent to apply. Applicants will submit an application that meets the eligibility and applications requirements, addresses the absolute priorities, and responds to selection criteria.

Award Procedures

Peer reviewers will read and score eligible applicants. Awards will be made from a rank-order list of highly scored applications based on quality according to the selection criteria and using other relevant information deemed appropriate.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Section 14005-14006; Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, Public Law 112-74.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

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

Funds will be awarded in a lump sum by December 31 for the entire 48 month project period. All funds will expire 4 years from award date. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Contact the program office for details.

Contact the program office for details.

Contact the program office for details.

Contact the program office for details.

Contact the program office for details.

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

As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75.730-732), the grantee must keep records of funds received under the grant, total cost of the project, and other records to facilitate an effective audit. Additionally, the grantee must keep records of compliance with program requirements, significant project experiences and results, accomplishing project objectives and as necessary, revising project objectives. EDGAR (34 CFR 80.42) also requires that all records be retained from the starting date of the grant to three years from the date the grantee submits its final reports (programmatic and financial).

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-2024-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 12 $384,388,849; FY 13 est $120,000,000; and FY 14 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies depending on the number of students served.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Please see http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/index.html.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Meredith Farace Implementation and Support Unit
Office of the Deputy Secretary
400 Maryland Ave, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Meredith.Farace@ed.gov Phone: 2024018368

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria will be included in the program guidance.



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