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Appropriations - Provides a single authorization of appropriations for the two programs. Requires that any amount appropriated in a fiscal year less than or equal to the amount required by statute ("trigger amount") for State assessments be used for State formula grants. Under the assessment trigger, the Title I requirement for States to administer annual assessments in grades 3 through 8 is contingent on the appropriation of specifically authorized funding levels for assessment development grants in fiscal years 2002 through 2005.
Requires that any amount appropriated in a fiscal year that exceeds the statutory trigger be used for competitive awards.
Uses of Funds - States may use their formula funds to pay the costs of the development of the additional State standards and assessments required by NCLB Act. If a State has already developed the required standards and assessments, it may use its funds to: (1) administer the assessments; or (2) carry out other activities designed to hold LEAs and schools accountable for results, such as:
developing challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards and aligned assessments in subjects areas other than those required under Title I;
developing or improving assessments of English language proficiency;
ensuring the validity and reliability of State assessments;
refining State assessments to ensure continued alignment with the State's standards and to improve the alignment of curricula and instructional materials;
developing multiple measures to increase the reliability and validity of State assessment systems;
strengthening the capacity of LEAs and schools to improve student achievement;
expanding the range of accommodations available to students with limited English proficiency and students with disabilities to improve the rates of inclusion of such students; and
improving the dissemination of information on student achievement and school performance.
States may use their competitive awards to: (1) improve the quality, validity, and reliability of State assessments; (2) use multiple measures of student academic achievement; (3) chart the progress of students over time; and (4) develop comprehensive academic assessment instruments, such as performance and technology-based academic assessments, to evaluate student achievement.
Federal - No specific accountability provisions.
State - States receiving an Enhanced Assessment Instruments Grant must provide the Secretary with an annual report describing the activities it carried out under the grant and the results of those activities. Ultimately, States are required to meet the Title I accountability requirements.
Formula Allocations - Requires that the amount less than, or equal to, the annual trigger amount ($370 million in 2002 rising to $400 million by 2005) flow to States in the following manner: (1) each State receives $3 million; and (2) the remaining amount is allocated based on each State's share of 5 to 17 population.
Competitive Grants - Requires that any funds appropriated in excess of the trigger amount needed for formula allocations be used for competitive Enhanced Assessment Instrument Grants to States. Requires that a State receive, at a minimum, the same amount as it would receive if the amount available for the competition was allocated on the basis of 5-to-17 population.
Requires that any amount remaining after the Secretary has funded all approvable applications for competitive awards flow to States based on States' shares of 5-to-17 population.
Formula Allocations - one-half of 1 percent for the BIA; and one-half of 1 percent for the Outlying Areas.
Competitive Allocations - None
Grants for State Assessments and Related Activities
(Title VI, Part A, Subpart 1)
Authorizes $490 million for: (1) formula grants to States to assist States in developing the assessments required under No Child Left Behind; and (2) competitive grants to States, or consortia of States, to support collaborative efforts with IHEs or research institutions to improve the quality of assessments (Enhanced Assessment Instruments Grants).
ESEA Flexibility Provisions
(Title VI, Part A, Subparts 2-4)
The reauthorized ESEA provides States and LEAs with increased flexibility in their use of Federal funds. NCLB amends the ESEA to authorize several flexibility mechanisms allowing States and LEAs to transfer or consolidate funds. In addition, NCLB extends the authorization, included in the Department's fiscal year 2001 appropriations act, that provides additional flexibility in the use of certain Federal formula funds to small, rural LEAs, and updates the programs included in the Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 to conform to the reauthorized ESEA.