Federal Program Monitoring
MISSION: To ensure that federal and state education funds contribute to the goal of all students meeting or exceeding rigorous state standards.
Public Comment Page
Please click on the link below to access the public comment page for the amendment to the ESSA State plan and follow the steps to submit your correspondence.
Public Comment on Proposed 2022–23 Amendment to the Consolidated State Plans due to COVID-19 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 | NC DPI
FY23 Federal Programs Handbook-Final
Office of Federal Programs' Summer Institute July 2022
Summer Institute Session Room 102
Summer Institute Session Room 103
FY2023 FPMS REGIONAL SPRING MEETING
What is the focus of our work?
The Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division supports approximately $651,000,000 in federal funds provided to districts and schools each year. The primary role of the Division is to provide grants administration, program monitoring, data collection and reporting, and to facilitate the necessary technical assistance to ensure not only compliance but quality programs for students. Compliance is the first step toward program quality; monitoring is the springboard to providing technical assistance.
Why do we monitor?
Building Relationships -We're in this together.
The Department of Public Instruction’s main objective is to raise student achievement for North Carolina’s public school children. Through cooperative assessment of the federal programs between the State and the local education agencies (LEAs), the quality of services to students will be strengthened and improved.
Technical Assistance -We're here to help.
State monitoring team members provide technical assistance during the review visit and beyond. It is not the State's intent to tell the LEA how to run its title programs, but rather to answer questions, facilitate dialogue, and exchange ideas and information for program improvement while, at the same time, meeting all federal requirements.
Compliance -It's the law.
Monitoring federal programs helps ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. Compliance monitoring is intended to be a collaborative partnership between the State and LEAs and public charter schools to ensure compliance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
How can we help?
The Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division provides oversight for a number of programs and initiatives that contribute to the success of students in North Carolina each year. If you have questions about any of these programs or initiatives, please let us know.
Federally Funded Programs
- Title I, Part A - (Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs)
- Title I, Part C - (Education of Migrant Children)
- Title I, Part D - (Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk)
- Title II, Part A - (Supporting Effective Instruction)
- Title III, Part A - (English Language Acquisition)
- Title IV, Part A - (Student Support and Academic Enrichment)
- Title IV, Part B - (21st Century Community Learning Centers)
- Title VI, Part B - (Rural Education Achievement Program) - REAP
- Subpart 1 - (Small Rural Schools Achievement Program) - SRSA
- Subpart 2 - (Rural and Low-Income Schools) - RLIS
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program
- National Title I Distinguished Schools Program
- Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
- Comparability Reporting
- Prayer Certification
- Ed-Flex Authority
- Migrant Student Interstate Exchange Initiative (MSIX)
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers Annual Performance Report (21APR)
- Committee of Practitioners (COP)
- Section 504
- Family and Community Engagement
- Graduation and Outcomes for Success for Out of School Youth (GOSOSY)
- Extended Learning and Integrated Student Supports (ELISS)
Every Student Succeeds Act
The U.S. Congress approved the latest reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act in December 2015 — the Every Student Succeeds Act. This is the law that provides most of the federal programs in support of K-12 education. The December 2015 action replaces the 2002 No Child Left Behind law, and begins the rule-making process at the federal level and the planning process in North Carolina and all other states.
Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER III)
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Fund Fund provides nearly $122 billion to states to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic on the Nation's students by addressing students' academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. Of this amount, NC received $3.6 billion.
The NC State Plan outlines how the the state will implement the grant program and track its outcomes. The NC Department of Public instruction invites you to review the plan and provide comments no later than June 18, 2021 5:00 p.m. EDT.
ARP ESSER NC Plan 05-20-21 DRAFT
Notice regarding CARES-ESSER Equitable Services, as of September 24, 2020:
Until more specific updated guidance can be provided here, please consult the weekly Federal Program Monitoring and Support Updates for recent information about changes in ESSER equitable servcies in the wake of the US Department of Education’s invalidated Interim Final Rules. For calculation of ESSER proportionate, please use the Title I tab of the Proportionate Share Calculator on our equitable services web page. (The ESSER allotment, instead of the Title I allotment should be used for the calculation.)
- CARES Act HR 748
- CARES Act Overview - 04.27.2020
- ESSER Application
- ESSER Training PowerPoint
- ESSER Application Checklist
- ESSER Example Applications
- NCDPI ESSER Early Learning Funding Guidance
- ESSER Collected Q and A
As of 9/29/20, information previously appearing here regarding CARES-ESSER Equitable Services has been removed. Updated information on this topic can now be found on DPI's equitable services web page.
The Federal Programs Handbook Revised 2021
Tools and Tips for Title I Directors is intended to assist Title I Directors in managing their Title I programs throughout the school year. The technical assistance documents in the Title I, Part A Handbook are intended to provide an overview of the authorizing statute and should be used in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education (USED) policy guidance.
Federal Programs Handbook (Last updated June 23, 2021)
Early Learning and the Every Student Succeeds Act in North Carolina
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in December 2015, bolsters federal support for early learning and provides the opportunity to strengthen the birth-through-third grade continuum — a critical strategy to improve third-grade reading proficiency. In September 2017, North Carolina submitted its state plan to comply with the federal law. Now, North Carolina Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are preparing their district ESSA plans for the 2018-19 academic year.
As LEAs build their district ESSA plans, they will be required to engage early learning stakeholders. Stakeholders may include, but are not limited to, Head Start, Title 1, Smart Start, elementary school principals and teachers, childcare administrators and teachers, Child Care Resource and Referral, Exceptional Children, McKinney Vento, NC Pre-K Committee, family engagement professionals, community college system, community organizations supporting dual language learners, health care providers, existing early childhood collaboratives (e.g., Campaign for Grade-Level Reading), higher education and others.
The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) is partnering with the Office of Early Learning and the NC Head Start Collaborative Office at the Department of Public Instruction to support LEAs and early childhood community leaders in collaborating to develop the early learning components of the LEA's ESSA district plans.
Please visit here for additional information and/or contact:
- Carla Garrett, Title I Preschool Consultant, Office of Early Learning, NC Department of Public Instruction
- Karen McKnight, M.Ed., Director, NC Head Start State Collaboration Office
Environmental Science using ESSA Funding
NEW!! ESSA and School Counseling
Spring Regional Meeting Resources/CCIP Revisions 2018-2019
- Sample Contract Agreement
- Sample Contract Agreement (Charter School)
- Example Methodology for Distributing State & Local Funds
- Regional Meetings 2018
- Sample Equity Plan
Parent and Family Involvement Guide
This guide underscores the importance of parent and family involvement as it relates to student achievement and includes suggestions and resources for program enhancement.
This spreadsheet provides contact information for Title I directors across North Carolina. (Last updated Aug. 24, 2018)
Click on a topic below for guidance from the US Department of Education.
- Schoolwide Program Non-Regulatory Guidance, September 2016
- Homeless Student Guidance (Updated March 2017)
- Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care
- ESSA Early Learning Guidance (Jan. 17, 2017)
- ESSA Fiscal Changes & Equitable Services Guidance (Nov. 21, 2016)
- ESSA Title IV, Part A Guidance — Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program (Oct. 21, 2016)
- Non-Regulatory Guidance: Title II, Part A (Oct. 13, 2016)
- Non-Regulatory Guidance: English Learners and Title III Program (Oct. 5, 2016)
- ESSA Schoolwide Guidance (Sept. 29, 2016)
- ESSA Dear Colleague Letter on Tribal Consultation (Sept. 26, 2016)
The Comparability Handbook is designed for Title I program administrators. The purpose of this handbook is to provide assistance for completing comparability reports to ensure that expenditures from local and State funds distributed for curriculum materials and instructional supplies to Title I schools are comparable to the funds distributed to non-Title I schools. Title I program administrators should use this handbook when completing the comparability report.
NEW!! Educational Stability of Children in Foster Care under Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), contains key protections for children in foster care that require state and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) to collaborate with child welfare agencies (CWAs) to ensure the educational stability of children in foster care. These provisions, which took effect on December 10, 2016, require SEAs and LEAs to work with CWAs to ensure that children in foster care experience minimal educational disruption as the result of their foster care placement and receive the same educational opportunities as their peers.
At the state level, staff from the Division of Social Services (DSS) at the North Carolina Department of Human and Health Services (DHHS), the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), and the SERVE Center at UNCG have identified state-level POCs for both education and child welfare and collaborated to develop clear procedures to serve foster children.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the SEA Foster Care Point of Contact at 1-800-352-6001 or by email.
- NC Foster Care
- Sara Bigley — Foster Care Provisions (SERVE)
- Joint Guidance on Educational Stability
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes 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. The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program, authorized under subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A of the ESSA, is intended to help increase the capacity of local educational 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.
USED Non-Regulatory Guidance Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
For more information, email Timothy Dryman or call at 919-807-4049.
For the 2017-18 school year, the General Assembly of North Carolina appropriated six million dollars ($6,000,000) from the At-Risk Student Services Alternative School Allotment for the Extended Learning and Integrated Student Supports (ELISS) Competitive Grant Program [Session Law 2017-57]. The purpose of the Program is to fund high-quality, independently validated extended learning and integrated student support service programs for at-risk students that raise standards for student academic outcomes.
Nonprofits and nonprofits working in collaboration with local school administrative units may participate in the ELISS program. Programs must serve one or more of the following student groups:
- At-risk students not performing at grade level as demonstrated by statewide assessments
- Students at-risk of dropout
- Students at-risk of school displacement due to suspension or expulsion as a result of anti-social behaviors.
Grant participants are eligible to receive grants for up to two years in an amount of up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) each year. Grants must be matched on the basis of three dollars ($3.00) in grant funds for every one dollar ($1.00) in non-grant funds. Matching funds shall not include other State funds. Matching funds may include in-kind contributions. Matching funds may include in‑kind contributions for up to fifty percent (50%) of the required match.
Extended Learning and Integrated Student Support Grant Program Technical Assistance Webinar
Power Point Presentation | Power Point Presentation 2
Excerpt from Session Law 2017-57
For more information, contact Jennifer Smith at 919-807-3949.
PowerSchool — Federal Modules
PowerSchool collects data for federal programs under the Program Monitoring section.
How to register for the Federal data collection modules
Access to the Federal data collections within PowerSchool is managed by the LEA/charter Power School Administrator. Please contact your local administrator to request access.
2022-23 Federal Program Monitoring Data Collection Schedule
22-23 Data Collection Schedule
Terminology used in schedule:
- USED = U.S. Department of Education
- CEDARS = Common Education Data Analysis and Reporting System, NC's PreK-13 State Longitudinal Data System. The system is composed of various DPI source data collection systems, a student and staff identification system, a centralized data repository, and associated reporting and analysis (or "business intelligence") tools.
PowerSchool-Eligible Schools Summary Report
PowerSchool-ESSR system collects Title I School eligibility and program model information to determine poverty percentage. The school data is also used for the Title I grant application in the FPM grants management system, CCIP. ALL LEAs and charter schools, both those that receive Title I funds and those that do not receive Title I funds, must report ESSR data through this PowerSchool module. In PowerSchool menu, found under Federal – Title I.
PowerSchool-Targeted Assistance Schools
PowerSchool -TAS system collects information on students who are eligible and those who receive services under TAS. All LEAs and charter schools with Title I Schools implementing a TAS program must report TAS data through this PowerSchool module. In PowerSchool menu, found under Federal – Title I.
PowerSchool-Student Participation collects count by grade level of children served with Title I Part A funds in private schools, neglected, and delinquent facilities during the school year. It includes October headcount. In PowerSchool menu, found under Federal – Title I.
PowerSchool-Homeless collects information on homeless students and services provided by Local Education Agencies (LEAs). All LEAs and charter schools must report Homeless data through this module, even if there are no homeless children to report. In PowerSchool menu, found under Federal – Title X.
PowerSchool-Neglected or Delinquent October Head Count
For more information, email Anita Harris or call 984-236-2808