Competitive Grants for State Assessments (formerly Grants for Enhanced Assessment Instruments)

Starting with fiscal year 2017, the purpose is to support efforts to: (1) improve the quality, validity, and reliability of State academic assessments; (2) measure student academic achievement through the use of multiple measures from multiple sources; (3) develop or improve models to measure and assess
student progress or growth; (4) develop or improve assessments for English learners, including assessments of English language proficiency or assessments of academic content in languages other than English; (5) develop or improve assessments for children with disabilities, including alternate assessments aligned to alternate academic achievement standards; and (6) develop and use comprehensive assessment instruments, such as performance- and technology-based assessments, computer adaptive assessments, or extended performance task assessments that improve assessment ability to measure critical thinking, writing and problem solving skills.

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
Elementary And Secondary Education, Massachusetts Department Of $ 2,891,504   2020-10-012024-09-30
Education Agency, Texas $ 3,000,000   2020-10-012024-09-30
Administration, Louisiana Division Of $ 2,948,166   2020-10-012024-09-30
Mississippi State Department Of Education $ 2,376,010   2019-10-012023-09-30
Education, Iowa Department Of $ 7,823,519   2019-10-012023-09-30
Education, Minnesota, Department Of $ 3,998,938   2019-10-012023-09-30
Education, Nebraska Department Of $ 2,999,878   2020-10-012023-09-29
Education, Hawaii Department Of $ 500,000   2020-10-012023-04-25
Maryland State Department Of Education $ 3,819,409   2016-12-072021-12-06
Education, Nebraska Department Of $ 3,972,415   2016-12-072020-12-06

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

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 receive 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. 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 eligible for coverage under E.O.

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

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 I, Part B, Sec. 1203.

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 48 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 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. 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 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $8,948,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The average award is $7,500,000.

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. The Debarment and Suspension regulations in 2 CFR part 3485 also apply.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

James Butler, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 260-9737.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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