Grants for State Assessments and Related Activities

The purpose of this program is: to pay the costs of developing the standards and high-quality assessments required by Title I of the ESEA.

Once a State has put in place those standards and assessments, it may use program funds to pay for the administration of the assessments and for other activities
related to ensuring that the State?s schools and LEAs are held accountable for results and helping students attain challenging academic standards linked to college- and career-readiness.

Such activities may include, among other things, developing standards and assessments in subjects other than those required by Title I, refining State assessments to ensure continued alignment with standards, expanding the range of testing accommodations for students with disabilities and for English Learner students, developing multiple measures to ensure the validity and reliability of State assessments, and using academic assessment instruments such as performance and technology-based assessments or computer adaptive assessments to better reflect the kind of complex work students do in an effective classroom and the real world.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

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

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
The Cherokee Nation $ 35,062,275   2019-07-012023-09-30
Choctaw Nation Of Oklahoma $ 17,596,009   2019-07-012023-09-30
Miccosukee Corporation $ 7,856,938   2012-07-012023-09-30
Education, Arizona Dept Of $ 7,741,212   2021-07-012022-09-30
Oregon Department Of Education $ 5,482,757   2021-07-012022-09-30
Colorado State Board Of Education $ 6,591,617   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Alabama Dept Of $ 6,086,751   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Arkansas Department Of $ 4,992,557   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Connecticut Department Of $ 5,093,224   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Illinois State Board Of $ 10,957,656   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

State educational agencies must use these funds to carry out the responsibilities described in Section 1201 of the ESEA.

Funds may be used to support the development of the State assessments and standards required by Section 1111(b) of the ESEA or, if a State has developed the assessments and standards required by Section 1111(b), then to support the administration of those assessments or to carry out other activities related to improving the quality of those assessments.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State educational agencies.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States and local educational agencies.


This program is included for coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. 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.

Award Procedures

The Department will allocate funds to any State whose State application submission demonstrates that funds will be used for covered activities and that costs associated with those activities are reasonable.


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


Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title 1, Part B, Section 1201.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 30-90 days.


If the Department disapproves a State's application for funds authorized by Section 1201, the State has the right to a hearing in accordance with Section 76.202 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).


States with approved applications will automatically receive grant awards for any year for which there is an appropriation for the program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title VI, Part A, Subpart 1. Under Title I, Part B, Sec. 1203(a)(4). Funds appropriated for State Assessment Grants are distributed to the States through a formula under which each State receives $3 million and any amounts remaining are distributed based on each State?s relative share of the total population of children aged 5 through 17. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards of funds are available for obligation for a maximum of 27 months. They become available to the Department on July 1, and are awarded to States on or about that date. They remain available for obligation under the initial period of availability for 15 months (until September 30, of the following fiscal year). Under section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act, any funds that remain unobligated may be carried over for obligation for an additional 12 months. Funds for succeeding fiscal years, if appropriated, will follow a similar timeline. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are subject to the reporting requirements contained in Parts 76 and 80 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

States receive awards under this program are required to respond to any questions that the Department asks in its annual Consolidated State Performance Report survey.

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 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.


All grantees must maintain and complete records in accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $369,051,480; FY 17 est $369,100,000; and FY 18 est $369,100,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2017 range of awards to States: $ 3,298,718-$28,497,867average $7,027,096.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Parts 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. 34 CFR Parts 200 and 300. Nonregulatory guidance concerning Title I, Part A assessment requirements is available at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Patrick Rooney Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202)453-5514

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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