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Gifted Education Universal Screening and Qualified Personnel Grant

Please read all directions in the following guidance document prior to completing and submitting the application.  

USQP 2021 Guidance Document

Important FAQ regarding student count:

How should I calculate my universal screening student count given the impacts COVID had to my district enrollment?

  • For the current USQP application whose submission window opens on April 15, 2021, applicants may use 2019-2020 enrollment counts instead of 2020-2021 enrollment counts to determine number of students to be included in the universal screenings at each grade level.  This is due to impact on 2020-2021 enrollment as a result of COVID.

Submission Window

*NEW- If requesting funds for paper - pencil administration, submit USQP Paper - Pencil Variance Request document no later than March 15, 2021

First Submission Window: Thursday, April 15, 2021, from 12 am - 11:59 pm
Submissions received on April 15 are ensured a portion of available funds.

Second Submission Window: Friday, April 16, 12 am - Monday, April 19, 2021, 11:59 pm
Submissions received April 16-19 may receive funding if funds remain after April 15.

Directions for USQP Application and Sample Application

There are three (3) required steps to complete the application:

  1. Cover page and Assurances (Part IA and Part IB)
  2. Statement of need and AU Application Request (Part IIA and Part IIB)
  3. Gather and include supplemental material

Submitting the Application

All documents must be scanned and combined into one (1) electronic document in PDF form that is emailed to the CDE Grants Department at

Applications sent before April 15 will not be accepted.

Required application documents included in combined electronic PDF submission to CDE Grants Department on April 15, 2021 include:

  1. Part IA and IB: Complete Part IA Cover page and Part IB Assurances (PDF)
  2. Part IIA and IIB:  Complete Part IIA Statement of Need and Part IIB Application Request  (Excel)
  3. Supplemental Documentation
    1. Submitted with application when applying for universal screening:
      1. Vendors quote for acceptable testing costs
    2. Required documentation in DMS fiscal tab by grant submission date, April 15, 2021
      1. End of year expenditure report for grant account code: 3228. This report form is integrated into the gifted education fiscal tab in the Exceptional Student Services Unit, Database Management System (DMS), and is found at the end of the 2019-20 Expended Budget. (Only required if grant funds were received for 2019-20)
    3. Submitted with application when applying for qualified personnel:
      1. Evidence of degree or gifted education endorsement for qualified personnel
      2. Job description for qualified personnel (if not as yet hired)
      3. Salary schedule/letter for qualified personnel
      4. *NEW-If the person filling the position is not qualified, submit a completed USQP GT Non-Qualified Candidate Working Toward Endorsement form along with the application.
    4. Required documentation in DMS fiscal tab by grant submission date, April 15, 2021
      1. When funds are used for qualified personnel working toward an endorsement, the AU must submit an attachment (on the DMS fiscal tab) providing evidence that personnel supported by grant funds are working toward an endorsement. This evidence may be in the form of a transcript of graduate credits or documented professional learning hours aligned with gifted education core endorsement standards.

For technical assistance with the USQP Grant Application, contact your Gifted Education Regional Consultant (GERC)