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Consolidated Federal Programs Application


On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), was signed into law. The passage of ESSA provides a much anticipated opportunity to improve achievement outcomes for all students by providing effective programs supported with Titles I, II, III, and IV funding. The new law broadens the allowable uses of title funds and our goal is to help ensure that you understand all of the opportunities this funding affords your LEA.    

Under the ESSA, state educational agencies (SEAs) are required to collect local education agency (LEA) plans that address the requirements of the law, as well as descriptions of the activities the LEA will implement with its Title I, II, III, and IV allocations.  To meet this requirement, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has developed, with stakeholder input, a new consolidated application, which includes a set of five cross-program questions, organized around five core elements:

January Tasks​​​​

  • September ꟷ May: Monitor Sub-grantees
  • November ꟷ January: Collect CSPR Data from sub-grantees
  • November ꟷ February: Submit teacher qualification data through the Human Resources Snapshot.  Teachers in Title I supported programs must meet applicable Colorado licensure requirements.
  • December ꟷ January: Collect and verify annual count data from sub-grantees
  • December – January: First Post-Award revision for Consolidated Application activities, including final allocations and accurate carryover
  • December – February: Meet with stakeholders including teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and charter school leaders to share findings from data analysis and gain input on possible uses of funds in the subsequent school year
  • December – March: Students meeting or exceeding CDE guidance are considered for resignation
  • December ꟷ March: Initiate consultation for the upcoming school year with non-public schools within district boundaries and establish or review inter-district memorandum of understanding, if applicable See more
  • January: Submission of Unified Improvement Plan, as appropriate.  If using UIP to satisfy ESSA LEA or Title I schoolwide planning requirements, ensure all requirements are addressed in the UIP prior to submission.
  • January: Collect semi-annual certifications (1 of 2) for personnel whose compensation is funded from a single cost objective, or is funded solely from ESEA
  • January 2018: Historical data from TELL Colorado is publicly available. These data can be useful for identifying areas of need to be addressed with Title II funds
  • January ꟷ February: ACCESS for ELLs Assessment Window - All students designated as NEP/LEP, including students with parent refusals for services, must be assessed
  • January ꟷ March: Create a cross-department team to begin planning for the ESEA Consolidated Application. Use available data (e.g., free and reduced lunch, other low-income data, or a combination of poverty indicators) to determine eligible schools for Title I, Part A services (for next school year)
  • January ꟷ March: Consult with all schools (including Charters and Non-Public schools) regarding the ESEA funds the school may be eligible to receive in the following school year., including during the first year of operation of the school and a year in which the school's enrollment expands significantly
  • January ꟷ March: Begin planning for Consolidated Application
  • January ꟷ April: Coordinate with early childhood centers to plan transition of pre-school students to Title I, Part A schools (Needs to be done before the end of the school year)
  • January ꟷ May: Conduct consultation for the upcoming school year with non-public schools within district boundaries and submit results of consultation to the ombudsman

For Additional Information Contact:

Office of ESEA 
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