Grants for Enhanced Assessment Instruments

To enhance the quality of assessment instruments and systems used by States for measuring the achievement of all students.

Funded projects must meet one or more of the following priorities: (1) improve the quality, validity, and reliability of State academic assessments; (2) measure student academic
achievement using multiple measures of student academic achievement from multiple sources; (3) chart student progress over time; and (4) evaluate student academic achievement through the development of comprehensive academic assessment instruments, such as performance and technology-based academic assessments.

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

Successful applicants must use funds to carry out the activities described in their approved applications and in accordance with regulations.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State educational agencies (SEAs) and/or consortia of SEAs are eligible to recieve grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State educational agencies (SEAs) and/or consortia of SEAs, local educational agencies and local schools will benefit.


Applicants must prepare and submit applications in accordance with the application package, which includes instructions and guidance for completing and submitting an application. 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.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The applicant may work in collaboration with institutions of higher education, other research institutions or other organizations. An application from a consortium of SEAs must designate one SEA as the fiscal agent. The designated SEA submits the application. The application package includes instructions and guidance on submitting an applications as well as a list of required documents and forms.

Award Procedures

Funds are awarded on a competitive basis.


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


Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title VI, Part A, Subpart 1, Section 6112.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


No-cost extensions are available.

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

The project period is up to 24 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded through electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports must be submitted in accordance with the terms of the award document.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports must be submitted in accordance with the terms of the award document.

Expenditure reports must be submitted in accordance with the terms of the award document.

Performance monitoring will be in accordance with the terms of the award document.


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. Any additional audit requirements will be included in grant award documents.


Records must be maintained in accordance with EDGAR; requirements will be included in grant award documents.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 09 $10,732,000; FY 10 est $10,732,000; FY 11 est $50,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The average award is $1,500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Applicable regulations may be found at the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. Other information may be found at the program website.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Collette Roney, Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington , District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 401-5245.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria are included in the Notice Inviting Application, which is posted on the program website.

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