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Title IV Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants


Title IV-A Program - Office of Academics and Professional Learning

Program Overview

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). ESSA continues the civil rights foundation of ESEA, reflecting our nation’s longstanding commitment to equity of opportunity for all students. The new law has a clear goal of ensuring our education system prepares every child to graduate from high school ready to thrive in college and careers. The 2015 reauthorization has a number of provisions that promote equitable access to educational opportunity including holding all students to high academic standards, ensuring meaningful action is taken to improve the lowest-performing schools and schools with underperforming student groups, and providing more children with access to high-quality preschool learning opportunities. As educators work to improve outcomes for students, the ultimate goal is to provide all students with a high-quality education.

Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, or SSAE, of the Every Student Succeeds Act supports New Hampshire’s commitment to equity of opportunity for all students. The program is intended to ensure all children graduate from high school ready to thrive in college and careers by increasing the capacity of state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities to:

  1. Provide all students with access to a well-rounded education,
  2. Improve school conditions for student learning, and
  3. Improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

Among the key values set forth in the New Hampshire ESSA Consolidated State Plan is improving our education system through personalization and competency-based teaching and learning. The New Hampshire Title IV, part A program is designed to support this vision within a framework of preparing students for the future.

Essential Elements of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program

  • Timeline: Applications submitted on a rolling basis through online Grants Management System.
  • Funding Allocations: New Hampshire has $5,042,908.75 to allocate to districts. The minimum allocation is $10,000. District Allocations: 2018-19 Title IV-A Allocations Excel
  • Period of Availability: 2018-19 Title IV, Part A funds will remain available for obligation by LEAs until Sept. 30, 2020, per the “Tydings Amendment.”
  • Needs Assessment: An LEA that receives at least $30,000 in SSAE program funds must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment that includes, at a minimum, a focus on the three content areas listed above. (ESEA section 4106(d)). The NH DOE is encouraging LEA’s to implement the Future-Ready Framework* needs assessment survey to yield results for designing their plan. Using the Future Ready Schools (FRS) process to complete the required needs assessments for The ESSA Title IV Part A programwill enable leadership teams to get a report of their results, and focus priorities in terms of the three main focus areas of ESSA Title IV Part A funding. Results can then be used to develop an ESSA Title IV Part A program of activities that address specific district needs related to the effective use of technology. At the state level, assessment data will be used to identify the critical areas of need among all New Hampshire districts. Please complete the form below allowing the NH Department of Education to access your data.
  • Supplement not Supplant Requirement: These funds cannot be used in place of state or local funds that would have otherwise been used for such activities.
  • Equitable Services: LEAs receiving Title IV, Part A funds must comply with sections 8501-8504 of the Every Student Succeeds Act regarding equitable participation of private school students.  The Title IV-A tutorial contains details on the Equitable Services.
  • Allowable Activities and Additional Resources: For more information regarding allowable uses of Title IV, Part A funds, please refer to the non-regulatory guidance provided by the US Department of Education.

* Districts choosing not to use the Future Ready Needs Assessment Survey will be asked to upload their needs assessment results and analysis in the Online Grants Management System in order to demonstrate the connection of activities to determined need, as required by the Title IV-A federal grant program. Districts with allocations under the $30,000 threshold may choose, but do not have to conduct, a needs assessment.  However, those districts still must base their Title IV-A activities on demonstrated need and upload accompanying documentation in the Online Grants Management System.  For example, logic models or strategic plans are acceptable ways to show the relationship between an existing need and programs or activities.

Title IV-A Technical Assistance

General Questions and Grants Management System Assistance, Nate Greene, 603-271-5262, Nathaniel.Greene@doe.nh.gov

Title IV-A Program Content Area Contacts

Well-rounded Education

Safe and Healthy Students

Effective Use of Technology

Resources

Information on the Past Title IV-A SSAE Grant Program

FY17: Robotics and Personalized Learning Grants

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