Teacher and School Leader Incentive Grants (formerly the Teacher Incentive Fund)

To help eligible entities develop, implement, improve, or expand human capital management systems or performance-based compensation systems for teachers, principal, or other school leaders in schools (and especially those in high-need schools) served by the grantees.

NOTE: The program was
authorized by P.L.

114-95, the ESEA, as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The provisions listed here reflect the requirements in that legislation, and are applicable to awards made with FY 2017 and subsequent year funds.

The prior program, the Teacher Incentive Fund, was authorized through annual appropriations language.
Related Programs84.367 Improving Teacher Quality State GrantsExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: The Department awarded 13 new grants in FY 2016.

Descriptions of projects are available at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherincentive/awards.html.

Fiscal Year 2017: Information on FY 2017 awards will be available at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherincentive/awards.html.

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
City Of New York Board Of Education $ 35,333,817   2017-10-012020-09-30
Maricopa County Superintendent Of Schools $ 46,241,499   2016-10-012020-09-30
America Can! $ 10,682,999   2016-10-012020-09-30
Harmony Public Schools $ 22,545,273   2016-10-012020-09-30
School District Of Osceola County Florida, The $ 2,916,745   2017-10-012020-09-30
Hillsborough County School District $ 4,299,348   2017-10-012020-09-30
National Institute For Excellence In Teaching $ 41,232,131   2016-10-012020-09-30
Region One Education Service Center $ 34,522,981   2016-10-012020-09-30
National Institute For Excellence In Teaching $ 6,100,019   2019-10-012020-09-30
East St Louis School District 189 $ 5,827,779   2017-10-012020-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Department collects annual program performance data from grantees; this information is available at https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget18/justifications/f-ii.pdf. In addition, the Department is conducting an evaluation of the program; additional information is available at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/tq_incentive.asp. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grantees may use funds for a wide variety of activities designed to develop, implement, improve, or expand human capital management systems or performance-based compensation systems, including (1) developing or improving evaluation and support systems that are based in part on demonstrated improvement in student achievement; (2) conducting outreach to gain information on how to construct evaluation and support systems; (3) providing principals or other school leaders with the tools needed to make effective school-level decisions, including budgetary, scheduling, and staffing decisions; (4) implementing, as part of a performance-based compensation system, a differentiated salary structure for teachers or leaders in high need schools or high-need subjects who raise student academic achievement or take on additional leadership responsibilities; (5) improving LEA processes for recruiting, selecting, placing, supporting, and retaining effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders in high-need schools; and (6) instituting career advancement opportunities that reward effective teachers, principals, or other school leaders in high-need schools and enable them to expand their leadership results.

Grantees must use these funds to carry out the activities described in their approved project applications.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are LEAs in their State; State educational agencies (SEAs) or other State agencies; the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE); and partnerships of (1) one or more LEAs, State agencies, or the BIE and, (2) and at least one nonprofit or for-profit entity. An LEA may receive a grant, whether individually or as part of a partnership, only twice.

Beneficiary Eligibility

SEAs, LEAs, the BIE, non-profit and for profit organizations, and students, teachers, principals, and other school leaders in an LEA's high-need schools.

Credentials/Documentation

2 CFR part 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 required.

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. Applicants must prepare and submit applications in accordance with the notice inviting applications published in the Federal Register. By the due date, eligible applicants must submit to the U.S. Department of Education a complete application that (1) addresses statutorily required information, absolute and competitive priorities (as applicable), and the selection criteria, and that and (2) includes all required assurances and signatures. Contact the program office for additional information.

Award Procedures

If an applicant is successful, the Department of Education will notify the applicant's U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and will send the successful applicant a Grant Award Notification (GAN).

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA), , Title II, Part B, Subpart 1, Section 2212.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 60 to 120 days following the application deadline.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Applicants may apply for a project period of up to 3 years; the grant may be renewed for up to an additional 2 years if the grantee demonstrates that it is using funds effectively. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds and a grantee's satisfactory progress.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 50%. Beginning with FY 2017 awards, each grantee must provide, from non-Federal sources, an amount equal to 50 percent of the amount of the grant (in cash or kind). Federal grant funds must be used to supplement, and not supplant, other Federal or State funds that would otherwise be used for authorized program activities. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Applicants may apply for a project period of up to 3 years; the grant may be renewed for up to an additional 2 years if the grantee demonstrates that it is using funds effectively. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds and a grantee's satisfactory progress. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (34 CFR part 75), annual performance reports (ED Form 524B) are required of all grantees; requirements for any additional reporting will be included in grant award documents. Final performance reports and the final evaluation report must be submitted within 90 days after expiration or termination of the award.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Grantees are required to submit Annual Performance Reports.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Grantees report progress on established performance measures.

Audits

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.

Records

Each grantee must maintain records that fully disclose the total cost of the activity for which the funds are used, and the share of the cost provided from other sources, and other such records as will facilitate an effective financial or programmatic audit. Under 2 CFR 200.333, a grantee must maintain program records for 3 years from the date it submits to the Department of Education its 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

91-0204-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $230,000,000; FY 17 est $200,000,000; and FY 18 est $199,563,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 16 range $829,000 to $14,407,000 (continuation awards) and $ $887,000 to $13,171,000 (new awards). FY 17 estrange $500,000 to $14,871,000 (continuation awards) and est $500,000 to $12,000,000 (new awards). FY 18 est $500,000 to $14,576,000 (continuation awards).

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 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The OMB Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) 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

None.

Headquarters Office

Orman Feres Office of Innovation and Improvement, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: orman.feres@ed.gov Phone: (202) 453-6921

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection criteria are contained in the program application package and also generally published in the notice inviting applications published in the Federal Register. Contact the program office for more information.



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