Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants (formely Improving Teacher Quality State Grants)

To provide grants to State educational agencies (SEAs), and, through the SEAs, to local educational agencies (LEAs) in order to increase student academic achievement consistent with challenging State academic standards; improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders;
increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools; and provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders.

(Under the antecedent program, State agencies for higher education also were eligible grantees.

State agencies for higher education are no longer eligible grantees.)

NOTE: The program was reauthorized by P.L.


The provisions listed here reflect changes made to the program and are applicable for awards made with FY 2017 and subsequent year funds.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Public Instruction, North Dakota Department Of $ 10,421,077   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Indiana Department Of $ 37,641,296   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education And Early Development, Alaska Department Of $ 10,421,077   2021-07-012022-09-30
South Carolina Department Of Education $ 32,649,724   2021-07-012022-09-30
Department Of Education Of Puerto Rico $ 55,505,285   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Kansas Dept Of $ 16,470,371   2021-07-012022-09-30
Vermont State Agency Of Education $ 10,421,077   2021-07-012022-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 10,421,077   2021-07-012022-09-30
Oregon Department Of Education $ 20,112,195   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Wyoming Department Of $ 10,421,077   2021-07-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

SEAs and LEAs have flexibility to carry out a wide variety of activities, consistent with their specific needs.

The activities listed below are examples of SEA and LEA allowable uses of funds under sections 2101(c) and 2103(b).

For a complete list of allowable activities under the ESEA, please see sections 2101(c) and 2103(b) of the statute (

SEAs must use at least 95 percent of awards for subgrants to LEAs; LEAs may use the funds to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive programs and activities to improve teacher and school leader quality, including rigorous and fair evaluation and support systems; implement initiatives to assist in recruiting, hiring, and retaining effective teachers, especially in low-income schools that particularly need assistance; promote teacher leadership; recruit qualified individuals from other fields; reduce class size; provide high-quality, personalized professional development; and develop feedback mechanisms to improve school working conditions.

Beginning with use of the FY 2017 funds, States may reserve up to 5 percent of the total SEA award for allowable State activities, which include, among others, the reform of certification and licensing, helping LEAs design and implement teacher and school leader evaluation and support systems, improving equitable access to effective teachers, and technical assistance to LEAs.

(SEAs may reserve up to 2% of total State funding for teacher, principal, or other school leader preparation academies ) States may use no more than 1 percent of the total SEA award for administration.

In addition, SEAs are permitted to reserve up to 3 percent of the funds available for LEA subgrants for State activities for principals and other school leaders. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and grantees must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is described in 34 CFR 76.563-76.569.

For assistance on indirect costs call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility

Elementary and secondary schools, teachers, paraprofessionals, principals and other school leaders; and students with benefit.


2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An SEA is eligible for funding if it submits either a consolidated State application that includes information the Department of Education requires, or a program application that contains descriptions of how funds will be used, the State?s certification and licensing of teachers and school leaders, and how activities will be aligned with challenging State academic standards. The program application also must contain assurances that the SEA will (1) assure compliance by LEAs; (2) work in consultation with the entity responsible for teacher and leader professional standards, certification, and licensing; and (3) comply with requirements for equitable participation of private school children and teachers. The SEA makes subgrants to LEAs on a formula basis. Contact the program office for additional information.

Award Procedures

The Department awards funds to any SEA whose application the Secretary has approved under Section 2101(d) of the ESEA (in the Title II, Part A program statute) or under section 8302 (consolidated State applications).


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


Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Title II, Part A.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


SEAs have 45 days to revise and resubmit a disapproved plan and are entitled to a hearing within 30 days of the plan?s re-submission (ESEA Title II, Part D, Section 8452).


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: In FY 2017, each SEA receives 85.71% of the amount of funds that it received under the antecedent Eisenhower Professional Development State Grants and Class Size Reduction programs in fiscal year 2001, totaling around $2.1 billion. Remaining funds are then allocated to SEAs by formula, with 35 percent of remaining allocations based on States? relative shares of the population age 5 to 17, and 65 percent based on States? relative shares of children from low-income families age 5 to 17. Each SEA must receive at least one-half of 1 percent of these remaining funds. The Bureau of Indian Education in the Department of the Interior and the Outlying Areas each receive one-half of 1 percent of the appropriation. . In subsequent years, the percentage of funding distributed based on the antecedent programs is reduced; in addition, the proportion distributed on the State?s relative share of children ages 5 through 17 below the poverty line increases, and the proportion allocated on the basis of the State?s relative number of children ages 5 through 17 decreases. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally, awards to SEAs are available for obligation at the Federal level from July 1 to September 30 of the following year. In addition, funds remain available to SEAs for an additional fiscal year for obligation and expenditure. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for how funds are transferred: Other. Funds are transferred through the Department of Education grant system, with notification of the transfer sent to the grantees.

Post Assistance Requirements


As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for State-administered programs (34 CFR part 76).

Generally, SEAs are subject to the reporting requirements contained in the Consolidated State Performance Report required by Title VIII of the ESEA, Section 8303 (b).

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are required: Title II, Part A, Section 2104 requires SEAs to submit annual reports that include information on the uses of grant funds.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

The Department has performance measures for the program; contact the program office for more information.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance less than $500,000 in a fiscal year must keep records available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal government.


SEAs and LEAs must maintain program records for 3 years from the date those agencies submit to the awarding agency its single or last expenditure report for the period for which it received the funds. A longer retention period is required under specified conditions.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $2,255,837,000; FY 17 est $2,055,830; and FY 18 est $0 - The funding does not include the amounts for Supporting Effective Educator Development grants, which starting in FY 2017 are authorized under the ESEA and which are reported under CFDA 84.423.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 16: Range: $10,633,734 - $249,340,060; Average: $42,705,901. FY 17: Range: $$9,722,812 - $$227,942,395; Average: $38,944,141. FY 18: Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, applies to this program. (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 76, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474. Contact the program office for additional information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Roberta Miceli Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW,, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 453-7019

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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