Schools Act (IASA)
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Improving Americas Schools Act
Class-Size Reduction Program
Updated July 1, 2001
Web Site Updates
Title I: The Title I Eligibility page, directions
and the checklist have been revised to include a set-aside amount
for Capital Expenses. More information on Capital Expenses is provided
Title II: The Budget Summary has been revised
to un-shade GAAP code 200-500.
Title II: The Budget Detail has also been updated
to reflect the addition of the "Teacher Quality" funds. More
information on "Teacher Quality" is provided below.
Title IV: A revision to the IASA Application
and Guidelines for Title IV that was previously distributed to LEAs is
now posted. LEAs may now use any or all of the four IASA goals.
CSR: Data collection is to be reported electronically
using the NJDOE web site. No paper documents will be accepted, although
a hard copy of the data must be submitted with the FY 2002 IASA/CSR application.
To access this program on the NJDOE web site, Select Grants; Select
Entitlement Grants; Select Improving Americas Schools Act;
Select CSR data Collection.
The Class-Size Reduction Application has been
included in the IASA Consolidated Application. The IASA/CSR Application
now consolidates five programs.
Application forms are available on the NJDOE web
site, from the county office or from OGMD. The forms in the guidelines
are samples only and may be subject to change. Use the forms on the
NJDOE web site to complete the LEA application.
The application due date is July 16, 2001. Applications
received after October 12, 2001 will not be considered for FY 2002
The Title I Capital Expense Application is not included
in the guidelines. The application was distributed under separate
cover. For more information, contact Anthony Dellaira at 609-943-3295.
Most of the application pages, including the Title
I Eligibility of Public Schools, are available in an Excel format.
This program can be accessed on the NJDOE web site (Select
Grants; Select Entitlement Grants). LEAs are strongly encouraged
to use this feature.
Accountability requirements for all Title I schools
failing to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) will be issued under
The application Title Pages have a new look. Allocation
information is now required and there are separate pages for individual
applicants, consortium participants and consortium applicants.
Consortium participants must canvas the private schools
regarding participation prior to forwarding the participant application
to the applicant LEA. The applicant is then responsible for coordinating
private school services.
A written description is required for Equitable Access.
It is no longer an Assurance.
The Program Plan must be developed or revised to
cover the project period of September 1, 2001 to August 31, 2002.
GAAP codes have been compressed for use in this grant
The definition of equipment costs has been raised
to exceed $2000.
Allocations for FY 2002 are calculated using
the best available data. Any adjustments will be reflected in the
FY 2003 allocation notices.
For FY 2003, the United States Congress is in the
process of reauthorizing IASA. When this process is finalized, LEAs
will be notified of the legislation.
During application development, LEAs must
consult with Educational Services Commissions, Jointure Commissions
and Special Services School Districts.
Private Schools: If private schools do not
respond to the LEAs invitation to participate in the application
planning meeting, LEAs must keep a record of the invitation and all
attempts to contact the private school.
Comprehensive Needs Assessment information is included
in the "Consolidated Application Program Training" document
dated October 21, 1996. Request copies from Suzanne Ochse at 609-292-1828.
LEAs should begin to operate their program at the
beginning of the project period (subject to conditions).
Employee benefits (TPAF/FICA) must be budgeted at
15% for all salaried positions.
Administrative cost maximums:
Titles I, II, IV and VI-5.0%
Failure to comply with the requirements of data submission
may result in the withholding of grant payments.
The IASA/CSR Program Plan must contain objectives
that identify the target population, provide measurable and achievable
outcomes, and specify benchmark dates for outcome achievement.
|IASA/CSR Program Plan Goals:
||Title I- all four goals must be addressed
Title II- Goal II
Title IV-all four goals may be addressed
Title VI-all four goals may be addressed
CSR-Goals I and/or II
If the evaluation of the IASA Program Plan does not
demonstrate success in meeting the desired benchmarks, the LEA should
reevaluate the objectives and set realistic benchmarks that are achievable.
Title I: LEAs may use student assessment data
of their choice to identify students eligible for Title I services.
The data sources must be reliable indicators of student achievement.
Title I: LEAs may use the poverty criteria
(e.g., free lunch, reduced lunch, TANF, Medicaid) of their
choice when completing the "Title I Eligibility of Public Schools"
Title I: Funds left over from private schools
may be used for public school services.
Title I: Funds may not be used to reduce class
size as Title I activities must be directed to students in need of
supplemental academic services.
Title II: Title II requires a LEA match that
is equal to 50 percent of the Title II public school allocation, excluding
the private school allocation amount. The LEA match is to be shown
on the Budget Summary in the LEA match column. The Title II match
expenditures must be reported on the Final Report.
Title II: Funds are to be used to support
standards based professional development in the core curriculum content
areas such as math, science, language arts/literacy, visual and performing
arts, social studies and world languages.
Title II: In a LEA that has Title I schoolwide
programs, Title II funds may be used for districtwide activities for
professional development activities for school-level staff.
Title II: LEAs must use at least 57 percent
of the Title II allocation for professional development activities
in mathematics and science. LEAs are receiving additional Title
II funds in FY 2002 to improve teacher quality. These "excess"
funds, approximately 23 percent of the FY 2002 allocation,
are subject to special requirements by Congress. The LEAs allocation
notice specifically identifies the math/science and teacher quality
Title IV: Particularly for elementary school
populations or for schools where no significant substance abuse problems
have been documented in the objective analysis, Title IV funds can
be used to reduce identified research-based factors that place students
at-risk for substance abuse problems or to improve the conditions
that place students at-risk, including the development of research-based
protective factors and resiliency skills and characteristics in students.
Local risk factors must be documented in the objective analysis.
Title IV: Non-allowable costs (medical services,
drug treatment and rehabilitation) have been updated.
Title VI: The original data collection form
should be completed and returned to OGMD.
CSR: Funds may be used for grades K-3 only,
unless the teacher-student ratio in these grades is already at 1:18.
CSR: Funds for private schools are allocated
only if the public schools are using funds for professional development
CSR: Classroom supplies/services to students
CSR: This program requires the submission
of an Annual CSR Report. The Annual Report must be made available
to parents, the local newspaper and presented at a board meeting.
The Annual Report should provide the number of fully qualified teachers
hired; grades assigned; impact on class size; progress towards increasing
the percentage of classes in core academic areas taught by fully qualified
teachers; professional development description (number of participants,
including staff from private schools and grades taught); and academic
(pre- and post-testing) and nonacademic information (attendance, discipline,
promotion trends, instruction time, student/teacher relationship,
socialization, teacher retention/job satisfaction). The CSR Annual
Report is not the LEAs school report card.
Titles I, II, IV and VI: Funds may be used
for pre-kindergarten services providing that such services are identified
in the LEAs needs assessment. Any pre-kindergarten service must
be specified in the IASA Program Plan and the IASA Budget.